VERMILION COUNTY VOTERS TO DECIDE ON SCHOOL FACILITY SALES TAX
On March 20, 2018 Vermilion County voters will be given an opportunity to cast a vote regarding a County Schools Facility Tax. The following is information about how this proposed tax would impact Georgetown-Ridge Farm School District and Georgetown-Ridge Farm residents.
Since 2007, Illinois voters have had the option to approve a 1% County Schools Facility Tax (commonly known as a sales tax), that shifts facility funding away from property taxes.
Items that are currently subject to sales tax will be subject to the CSFT (no new items are taxed). Some items are exempt from the CSFT.
Groceries, Medicine, Vehicles, Mobile Homes, ATV’s/RV’s, Farm Seed, Fertilizer, and Farm Equipment
The money can only be used for certain purposes including: paying off facility debt and reducing property taxes, building new school facilities, renovating current facilities, and improving building safety security. M
All financial decisions are based on local control and made exclusively by the locally elected school board.
Each school district in the county would receive a portion of sales tax money that is based on student enrollment. The most recent projection for GRF #4 projected $433,079 in new money.
The GRF #4 school board has identified three priorities for new money if approved by voters.
Priority #1 - Reduce Property Taxes (13% reduction in tax rate projected)
Priority #2 - Sales tax money left over from property tax abatement would be used to address building and grounds improvements and preventative maintenance to avoid more expensive solutions in the future. Current issues at Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district include: windows and doors in all buildings, paving of parking lots, security upgrades, and improvements of athletic fields.
Priority#3 - Improve Opportunities for Students. Conduct building facilities assessment to improve educational setting. Conduct a traffic pattern study to determine the most efficient traffic flow pattern and allocate resources to make improvements. Examine athletic facility needs. Focus upon upgrading technological services to enhance learning.
Voters will be asked to vote “Yes” or “No”.
A simple majority of votes cast is required for passage.
March 20, 2018, is a primary election. You may register with Vermilion County Clerk by February 20, 2108. Online registration extends until March 4, 2018. Grace period registration runs February 21 until March 20. Early voting begins February 8 until March 19. If you have voting questions, contact the Vermilion County Clerk at 554-1900.
The district has put together an informational brochure to help get information to our community.Click Here for an Informational Flyer
Additional questions can be made to the school superintendent, Dr. Jean Neal at 662-8488.