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home : opinions : letters to the editor   April 29, 2016

3/21/2013 12:41:00 PM
Letters to the Editor: La Salle County schools will benefit if you say 'yes'

Six months ago, the citizens of La Salle County had the opportunity to vote for a 1 cent sales tax to help support our local schools. Instead, they chose to vote “no.”
Since then, the Streator Grade School district has cut some programs for the coming school year with future cuts to follow. The Ottawa Grade School district has announced probable cuts and I’m sure that all county school districts will soon have to follow in their footsteps. It’s either cut curriculum or raise property taxes. And no one wants that. Most of these cuts are made necessary by our state legislature ignoring its financial responsibilities to the school district while at the same time requiring more and more mandates for schools to follow.
The citizens of La Salle County do, however, have a second chance. On Tuesday, April 9, we will have an opportunity to correct, what I consider a huge mistake and vote for the 1 cent sales tax. No tax is a good tax, but the 1 cent sales tax makes more sense than any other. It will not apply to the purchase of groceries, drugs, farm equipment and parts or any titled vehicles. All other purchases in the county whether made by residents or non-residents will help pay to maintain our school districts at their present levels.
The tax collected will be distributed to the various school districts based on student population. This, of course, means that the Ottawa, La Salle-Peru and Streator school districts have the most to gain, but all districts will benefit.
Let’s not make the same mistake twice. On April 9, vote “yes” for the school sales tax.

Ed Benner,

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