PEORIA - A new sales tax could show up on next year's election ballot after a school board vote Monday night.
District 150 wants to add a one percent sales tax increase to generate revenue for school facility improvements. The district voted unanimously in support of the tax and hopes it will help maintain and expand facilities without increasing property taxes.
District 150 treasurer Dave Kinney expects the district will lose nearly $10 million in general state aid in 2014 alone. He says the district cannot sit still and do nothing.
"As those revenues get tighter and tighter, if we don't have some way to help fund some of these facility improvements, whether it's simple health life safety things or expanding our network infrastructure, those types of things; it's got to come from somewhere," said Kinney.
District 150 expects to get $9 million annually from this tax.
School boards representing more than half of the students in the county must take a similar action for it to be added to the March 2014 ballot.
Forty nine percent of students go to District 150 schools.