Villa Grove board backs county sales tax

Villa Grove board backs county sales tax

VILLA GROVE — The school board has given its support to a proposed 1 percent countywide sales tax to help fund facility improvements to Douglas County schools.

The tax would be added to retail sales and sales of services to businesses operating in Douglas County. The money generated would be distributed among all school districts in the county, to be used for facility improvements. Approved uses include new construction, improvements to existing buildings and repairs to damaged equipment.

To be included on the April 9 ballot, school districts representing over 50 percent of the students enrolled in Douglas County schools must pass a resolution requesting the regional superintendent of schools for Douglas County place the question on the ballot. So far, Villa Grove and Arcola districts have approved resolutions. The deadline for school district to adopt the resolution for the April election is Jan. 22.

"The revenue ... would provide us with funding that we currently do not have for facility upgrades and repairs," Superintendent Steve Poznic said in an email. Villa Grove could receive as much as $344,000 a year from the tax. 

In other business, the school board also approved the 2012 tax levy for $2,772,050. This is a 5.4 percent increase over the amount of revenue received during the 2011 levy extension.