Public Forums Scheduled – Peoria County Schools Facility Sales Tax November 8th Ballot Referendum

Peoria County’s school districts will provide information about the Schools Facility Sales Tax referendum on the ballot Nov. 8 at three upcoming public meetings.

If approved by voters, the ½% sales tax would generate $9 million annually to be shared among all Peoria County public school districts, based on enrollment. The revenue is to be used specifically for school building improvements. The additional funds will allow some school districts to provide property tax abatement.

  • Monday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carver Center, 710 West Third Street

  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lakeview Recreation Center multipurpose room, 1013 West Lake Ave.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Wilder Waite Grade School, 10021 North Pacific

Information about the Schools Facility Sales Tax also will be shared by Dr. Chad Allison, superintendent of the IVC School District, at two public forums sponsored by Peoria County. Those sessions are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mossville Jr. High School, 12207 N. Old Galena Road

  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Elmwood High School Auditorium, 301 West Butternut St., Elmwood

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at IVC High School, 1300 W Sycamore St., Chillicothe

The ½% tax is on items such as retail goods, fast food and restaurant meals. The tax will not be placed on groceries, vehicles, medicines, farm equipment, or services such as haircuts.

The tax will be paid by the thousands of consumers and visitors who frequent businesses in Peoria County. A ½% increase in sales tax would cost the average Peoria County family about an extra $52 a year.