Peoria Public Radio Staff
Mon March 11, 2013
District 150 supports sales tax increase for facility upgrades
Peoria School District 150 says it wants voters to consider a one-percent sales tax increase on some retail sales. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the District says new revenues are needed amid shrinking property tax and state aid funding:
The District could collect $9 million each year from a sales tax increase for facility upgrades, pay off bonds for building projects, or to help fund a potential stadium at Peoria High School. Other Peoria County school district would need to support the measure to put it on the ballot for next spring. The proposed increase has passed in twelve Illinois counties. Tazewell, Woodford and Marshall Counties are voting on the sales tax increase next month. The School Board also officially dismissed Manual art teacher Amanda Ludwig, who’s facing federal charges for allegedly enticing a minor into having sex.