Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

March 18, 2014

Third time a charm for Shelby sales tax initiative

SHELBYVILLE — On its third appearance on the Shelby County ballot, voters overwhelmingly approved the school facility sales tax, which will put money into school districts' pockets for building maintenance.

The Shelby County school facility sales tax passed with 3,491 "yes" votes to  2,356 "no" votes. The vote passed by nearly 20 percentage points, while a similar tax was voted down Tuesday in both Coles and Effingham counties.

Stewardson-Strasburg Superintendent Michele Lindenmeyer said a push from all Shelby County school districts, particularly from Shelbyville, brought information into the community which could have swayed the vote.

"We got the facts out there to our voters and I like to think once they knew what was at stake and how important it was for our schools and our communities, they did the right thing," she said.

Lindenmeyer said the sales tax will be a massive help for schools that are still suffering from high state aid proration and can help fill the growing cracks in the district's budget.

"It's

lifesavers for our schools and lifesavers for our communities," she said. "For a

lot of the bigger communities, the schools are just a piece of their

communities but for us, they're the heart. This helps to solidify some long-term existence

for us. It gives us another revenue stream."

The tax can only be used for school facility needs or property tax abatement. It cannot be used for expenditures, such as teacher salaries.

Carl Miller, of rural Shelbyville, who was an opponent of the tax, said if the opponents of the tax would have been better prepared, they may have been able to vote it down.

"It

didn't get on the radar as soon as we needed to respond to it," he said. "You

look at Effingham and Mattoon, and they dumped theirs."

Miller said he is afraid passing the facility sales tax in Shelby County would open the door to other similar tax measures appearing on the ballot.

Still, Lindenmeyer said the approval of the voters was an impressive show of support for the local school districts.

"Being

able to pass this overwhelmingly shows that they're behind us, and

we're going to find other ways to make this situation work," she said.

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, at jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com or via Twitter @EDNJAdams.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 8-22 prairie chicken.jpg Saving the prairie chicken: Coordinator goes out on limb for bird

    After one year of work, Bob Gillespie, a natural resources coordinator with the Illinois Natural History Survey, said the efforts to reintroduce the highly endangered prairie chicken back to Illinois is just beginning.

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hot spots • Country Cookin, Austin Kirk Benefit — 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Pla-More Danceland, Pana. $7 admission. 217-823-5535 or 618-283-1314.• KYLNTYME — 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Pla-More Danceland, Pana. $5 admission. 217-823-5535 or 61

    August 22, 2014

  • 8-22 sports complex pic 1 A win for sports complex After months of planning and fundraising, Effingham Park District officials finally solidified plans for the Richard E. Workman Sports Complex.The path to having a sports complex in Effingham actually began decades ago, but it was October of last yea

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 8-22 White White Doris White of Effingham will celebrate her 90th birthday on Wednesday, Aug. 27.Mrs. White was born Aug. 27, 1924, the daughter of Charles and E. Gertrude Leturno. She married Harold E. White on May 16, 1946.She has three children, Connie (William “B

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ham City Jam Ham City Jam will kick off Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Effingham Skate Park.Free skate will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with competition beginning at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $10.

    August 22, 2014

  • Giesler Giesler Ruby Giesler of rural Shumway will celebrate her 90th birthday Monday, Aug. 25.Mrs. Giesler was born Aug. 25, 1924, southwest of Montrose, the daughter of Edwin and Cora (Hetzer) Miller. She married Harold W. Giesler on June 30, 1951.She has three ch

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prayer Vigil for Life celebrated at St. Mary's St. Mary’s parish, Shumway, hosted the August Prayer Vigil for Life. The Rev. Ron Hilt celebrated the Mass, assisted by Donna Davis, Lector; Thomas Davis, Altar Sewer; Irene Koester, Pianist. Prior to Mass, Mrs. Jack Koester led all present in prayin

    August 22, 2014

  • 8-22 Stewardson Stewardson Lions Club Homecoming The 58th Annual Stewardson Lions Club Homecoming is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22 and 23.Stage entertainment tonight will feature Tress and the Mixers from 6 to 8 p.m. and Trouble & Company from 8 to 10 p.m.Tress and the Mixers was forme

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church Briefs Centenary UMCCentenary United Methodist Church, Effingham, will host the following activities:• Saturday, Aug. 23: Eagle’s Wings Quartet in concert, 5:45 p.m.• Sunday, Aug. 24: Lavender Ridge Worship, 2 p.m.• Monday, Aug. 25: Quilters, 9 a.m.• Tuesda

    August 22, 2014

  • Shumway Firefighters BASH SHUMWAY—The 3rd Annual Shumway Firefighters BASH hosted by the Shumway Volunteer Firefighters is set for Saturday, Aug. 23, at Lake Sara Pearson Building, 15170 N. Beach Road.Food will be provided at 4 p.m. and will last until is runs out. Carry-outs

    August 22, 2014

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.