A1 percent sales tax, the proceeds of which would be divided proportionally among county schools, was approved Tuesday night by voters from Henry and Mercer counties.
In Henry County, a preliminary count of the votes indicated the referendum passed with 4,202 votes for the measure and 3,442 against, according to election officials. In Mercer County, 2,353 voters approved the measure, while 1,667 rejected it.
In Mercer County, three school districts will benefit from the measure: Sherrard, Mercer County and United. According to numbers provided by the Illinois Department of Revenue, Mercer County would split $640,000 among the three districts.
In Henry County, nine school districts would split the proceeds of the collections there. Estimates are that the 1-cent tax would bring in about $3 million annually for Henry County schools.
Not everything will be subject to the additional 1 percent tax. Cars, trucks and ATVs won't be affected, nor will pharmaceutical drugs, farm equipment, farm parts, farm inputs or unprepared food, such as that sold in grocery or other retail stores.
The sales tax revenue only can be used to address ongoing maintenance and repair projects in schools such as roofs, heating and air conditioning, asbestos abatement and renovations. The money cannot be used for salaries, textbooks, buses or computers.
Today is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men. 1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.