|A Message from Kurt Prenzler about Sales Tax on the April Ballot
A Message from Kurt Prenzler about Sales Tax on the April Ballot
Many people have been asking me two questions:
a. Is the 1% sales tax on the Apr. 4 ballot?
b. How can we oppose it?
First, YES. It’s on the ballot. School boards representing more than 51 percent of students have voted to put it on the Madison County ballot.
By the way, this new 1% sales tax is also on the St. Clair County ballot.
Second, two campaign committees have been formed to oppose these tax increases.
You may send contributions to these committees:
Madison County Citizens for Educational Sustainability
c/o Doug Matthews, CPA, Treasurer
35 Glenwood Drive
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
St. Clair County Citizens for Educational Sustainability
c/o Andrew Howard, Treasurer
1003 Cherokee St., Apt. A
Collinsville, IL 62234
Your contributions are needed to counter the false and misleading ad campaign that will be funded by investment bankers, unions and companies that will benefit from higher taxes.
This 1 percent sales tax is estimated to be $23 million per year in Madison County.
To put that in perspective, total real estate taxes collected for all of Madison County government was $33.4 million last year.
But the untold story is that this new sales tax could put taxpayers $300 million in debt.
Please watch this 2-minute video:
These committees need money to counter the false and misleading statements that we are sure to come.
The investment bankers will say, “The new sales tax money will be used to reduce property taxes.”
Regardless of how the school boards currently say they intend to use their portion of the $23 million, remember this: it is their ‘stated intentions’ only.
This year’s school board cannot legally bind any future school board to such intentions. Once this would pass any school board in Madison County can change their intended use of these tax the very next day.”