Peoria County: Survey shows support for museum if sales tax increase is temporary

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Late last week, Communication Express administered a telephone survey on behalf of Peoria County Government.

The purpose of the phone survey was to determine public support of a sales tax increase of one quarter of 1% to help fund the Peoria Riverfront Museum and other public facilities. The County Board must decide by January 31 whether to pose this question to voters on the April ballot.

The county surveyed 1002 registered voters: 660 within the City of Peoria and 342 in Peoria County, outside city limits. These numbers more accurately reflect voter turn-out rates for spring elections than an equal 50/50 split. Respondents were asked whether they'd be likely to support:

A sales tax increase to help fund the museum project

A sales tax increase to help fund the museum project and other public facility needs

A temporary sales tax increase to help fund the project and other public facility needs

Forty-eight (48) percent of survey respondents would support a sales tax increase to fund the Peoria Riverfront Museum, with 8.2% undecided.

The number of respondents in favor of a sales tax increase rose to 57.3% if the increase to help fund the museum and other public facilities were to be temporary.

A summary of survey results follows; County Board members will take these results into consideration when making its decision regarding a referendum. Anyone interested in taking the survey may do so online at  www.peoriacounty.org.

For more information call county administration at 672-6056.