Madison County Sales Tax Increase (April 2011)

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A Madison County Sales Tax Increase measure was on the April 5, 2011 ballot in Madison County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 7,406
  • NO 30,697 Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to increase the current county sales tax by 1 percent in order to helping the county schools with budget shortfalls. The Granite City school district approved putting half of the expected money from this tax, if it had been approved, towards reducing local property tax rates in the district. The sales tax increase would have provided up to $20 million a year for local schools.[2] Opponents to the measure noted that this would allow schools to issue further bonds so the property tax rate would stay the same or be increased to pay further debts. Noting that the sales tax would not bring in enough money to supplement all the bond repayments so increased property taxes are likely. Also, the sales tax would have been in place until there is no further debt for school, but if they issue more bonds there was no telling when that would be.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall The County of Madison, Illinois, be authorized to impose a retailers' occupation tax and a service occupation tax (commonly referred to as a "sales tax") at a rate of 1% to be used exclusively for school facility purposes.[4][5]

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