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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.