Alton, IL

Opposition Lobbies Against School Sales Tax

Story by WBGZ Radio

The Metro East Libertarian Party will team with Americans for Prosperity to phone bank voters in Madison County Saturday asking them to vote against the 1% sales tax referendum on March 20th. It's called the County Schools Facility Tax and is already in place in 47 counties, but not yet for Madison County.

Aaron Wright, member of the Libertarian Party of Illinois tells The Big Z the referendum must be defeated for a variety of reasons, including that there is no provision to sunset the tax.

Click here for Wright's comments

Wright is also skeptical of the bonding companies, which he says will profit by passage of the tax. 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 issue failed when last put to voters about a year ago. You can hear the complete interview with Wright here.

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