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Sangamon County Sales Tax Increase (November 2010)

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A Sangamon County Sales Tax Increase measure was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Sangamon County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 31,123 (44.36%)
  • NO 39,037 (55.64%)Defeatedd[1]

The Springfield School district board voted on May 3 to endorse a county wide sales tax increase that would go towards helping to fund school districts in the county. Other school districts had also endorsed this measure.[2] It was important to have the Springfield school district back this sales tax because they account for around half of the county students.[3] The tax, if it had been approved, would have generated on average $10 million a year for the school districts. Although school officials were unsure the timing was right to ask for a sales tax, ultimately they agreed the schools needed to support it.[4] If approved, some possible uses of the money would be to pay off bond debts, pay for construction projects or just be put in the general fund to be used as needed.[2]

The county had stated that the schools would have only be able to use the money to make capital improvements to their school buildings or to pay off previous construction bonds. The county officials also stated that they had wanted the schools to offer clearer plans on what they could use the money for and estimated costs. The tax would have added one percent to the current sales tax rate in the county.[5] On August 10 the county board officially approved this measure for the November election. Board members noted that although they approved it for the vote, it did not mean that they supported the passing of it. Some mentioned the wrong timing, but still felt that residents deserved the right to decide for themselves.[6]