4/9/2013 2:21:00 PM Skepticism understandable, but wrong
Knowing that the voters of Crawford County will be asked on Tuesday to decide the question of a 1 percent sales tax for local schools' facilities, I just wanted to take the opportunity to be certain to address a recurring question that appears to be on the minds of many voters.
The question has been raised as to whether the money generated from such a tax would indeed make its way back to the Crawford County schools.
Despite the assurances built into the law that only up to a 2 percent administrative fee can and will be kept by the Illinois Department of Revenue, there still seems to be some skepticism as to whether that will actually occur. Such doubt is unfortunately warranted given the mess that is the current state of our state. However, I can assure voters that 98 percent of local funds raised by the tax will indeed be distributed to Hutsonville Unit 1, Robinson Unit 2, Palestine Unit 3 and Oblong Unit 4.
Lawrence County voters approved this tax for their two school districts a few years ago and those funds are distributed by my office (just as they will should voters in Crawford County approve the proposal). In 2012, I personally signed and distributed 24 checks (one each month for Lawrence County Unit 20, and one monthly for Red Hill Unit 10) totaling $748,509.71.
I hope this response brings illumination to a legitimate concern on the minds of the voters so that everyone can vote either for or against the proposition based on fact.