FULTON, Ill. — River Bend School District taxpayers will have a chance to vote on a referendum in the November election, which would create a one-percent sales tax.
The issue of a special sales tax used for area schools has been on the Whiteside County ballot previously, without success. The River Bend Board of Education on Monday approved a resolution directing the Regional Superintendent of Schools for Whiteside County to have the Whiteside County Clerk place the question of a imposing a one-percent retailers’ occupation tax and service occupation tax on the Nov. 4 ballot.
“We want to try again for the sales tax,” Board of Education President Dan Portz said.
Revenue from this tax is distributed to school districts for use on school grounds and buildings. According to Portz, River Bend is currently looking into ways of updating the district’s lighting system.
With the question appearing on November’s ballot, Portz said the district is looking to have a committee of community members formed to provide information to others.
While the district is not allowed to promote the tax, Portz does recommend that interested parties contact the district office for more information.
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