Voters in Madison County will decide if they want to support a sales tax hike to be used to support local school districts when they vote in the April 4th election. It's called the County Schools Facility Tax and is already in place in 47 counties, but not yet for Madison County.
The question proposes hiking the current county sales tax by 1-percent. If approved, the Alton School District could see an additional $3.5 million per year, half of which is pledged to go back to voters in property tax relief by the Alton School Board. Superintendent Mark Cappel tells the Big Z, the measure failed six years ago and the situation is more serious now:
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By state law, the county schools facility tax can only be used to either cut property taxes by paying off bonds used in past facilities bonding issues or use it to improve current facilities. The Alton School District estimates the owner of a $100,000 home could save up to $86 per year on their school district property tax bill if this measure is approved.