On Tuesday, November 6, 2018 the voters of Sangamon County and the residents of Williamsville and Sherman will be asked to approve a proposal to provide funding to all Sangamon County school districts through a 1-cent sales tax increase. The revenue from this sales tax can only be used to maintain and improve school facilities or to make payments on existing bond debt.

In schools that thrive in communities such as ours, we educate the students of each other’s neighbors, friends, and family members. Such close-knit relationships result in high expectations for our schools as well as the educational programming and services we provide, and justifiably so. The 1-cent County Schools Facility Tax is a way for the communities of Williamsville and Sherman to provide a revenue source for our schools to make improvements in school security and safety, make facility repairs, improvements, and upgrades so that our students may learn in a quality educational environment for many years to come.

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Sangamon County Schools Seek a 1% Sales Tax Referendum to Address Facility Needs.

Sangamon County Schools will place a 1% sales tax question on the November 6th Ballot as a step to help increase school safety, security, and improve school facilities. There are many questions about the 1% sales tax and as a result, I have compiled many common questions and have listed answers.

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A sit down with Superintendent Mr. Reedy to discuss the Sangamon County School Facility Sales Tax that will be on the ballot on Tuesday, November 6. Mr. Reedy gives a detailed breakdown of what the tax is, what will be taxed, and how it would help WCUSD #15. This episode contains a lot of good information so voters can be educated when the go to the voting booth on November 6.

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In the first episode of the 18-19 school year we take a look back at the Fall sports season and where the teams are heading for the postseason. We also sit down with Superintendent Mr. Reedy to discuss the Sangamon County School Facility Sales Tax that will be on the ballot on Tuesday, November 6. Mr. Reedy gives a detailed breakdown of what the tax is, what will be taxed, and how it would help WCUSD #15. This episode contains a lot of good information so voters can be educated when the go to the voting booth on November 6.

Audio: https://bit.ly/2PihpFG

YouTube: https://youtu.be/TahuDV1VWmY

County Sales Tax Revenue For Facility Funding To Sangamon County Schools

The county schools facility sales tax is for one cent on every dollar spent on qualifying retail purchases. Not everything falls under the County Sales Tax like all other municipal or county sales tax items. If it is not currently taxed, it will not be taxed.

The County Schools Facility Sales Tax revenue is generated locally from all Sangamon County residents, but more importantly generated from the population traveling to Springfield and through Sangamon County. Data shows that 30-40% of this qualifying sales tax revenue is generated from people outside, traveling to, and visiting Sangamon County. The county schools sales tax is a shift from relying exclusively on property owners to help fund public schools. This tax is shared amongst all people paying the sales tax on the qualifying purchases.

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What Is a Sales Tax for School Facilities?

Background: Recognizing the need for Illinois schools to remain competitive and to reduce the burden of school facility funding on real property owners, Illinois legislators passed the Illinois County School Facility Tax Act (CSFT) in 2007. The intent of the law is to provide both a new source of funding for public schools, and an alternative source of funding to traditional property tax revenues. The CSFT provides for a retail sales tax of up to 1% on “non-essential” goods sold in the county for funding school facility needs. Similar laws have been enacted with success in many other states, including in Iowa, where the option was passed by every county. To date, the county school facility sales tax has been approved in 51 Illinois counties and will be on the ballot in three more counties in November 2018.

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The WCUSD#15 District Dispatch is a monthly publication from the Superintendent to:

1. Enhance communication to the public
2. Build trust and transparency with the WCUSD#15 Learning Community
3. Educate and communicate the State of the District

If you have any questions regarding the WCUSD#15 District Dispatch, please contact Tip Reedy, Superintendent. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sangamon County School Facility Sales Tax

On November 6, 2018, the voters of Sangamon County will be asked to approve a proposal to provide funding to all county school districts through a 1-cent retail sales tax increase. The revenue from this Sangamon County School Facility Sales Tax will be generated from Sangamon County residents and more importantly from the people who visit and travel through Sangamon County. The revenue can only be used to maintain and improve school facilities or to make payments on existing bond debt. The Sangamon County School Facility Sales Tax is a shift from exclusively relying on local property taxes to fund school facilities.

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The Illinois Youth Survey report provides data on a variety of health and social indicators including drug use, bullying, school climate and much more.

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The link below is a copy of the WCUSD#15 FY19 Budget and Financial Projection presentation. Due to historical lack of linear revenue from the state, the District has been deficit spending for the last several years. Due to our Equalized Assessed Evaluation (EAV) increasing on an average of 4.2% over the past 10 years, our only guaranteed increase in District revenue is the increase in local tax extensions. During this time the WCUSD#15 Tax Rates have decreased. The WCUSD#15 Tax Rate of $4.47 is the 13th lowest out of the 18 Sangamon County School Districts. As the expenses to educate a student continue to increase, the District has continued to do more with less. The WCUSD#15 Board of Education have been very good financial stewards to the taxpayers.

Budget Presentation Sept 17, 2018.pdf

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Williamsville-Sherman CUSD #15
800 S. Walnut St.
Williamsville, IL 62693

Voice: 217-566-2014
Fax: 217-566-3890
Attendance: 217-566-2325

Williamsville High School
900 S. Walnut St.
Williamsville, IL 62693

Voice: 217-566-3361
Fax: 217-566-3792
Attendance: 217-566-2325

Williamsville Junior High School
Grades 6-8

500 S. Walnut St.
Williamsville, IL 62693

Voice: 217-566-3600
Fax: 217-566-2475
Attendance: 217-566-2325

Williamsville 5th Grade Center
Grade 5
504 S. Walnut St.
Williamsville, IL 62693

Voice: 217-566-4070
Fax: 217-566-2183
Attendance: 217-566-2325

Sherman Elementary School
312 South Street
Sherman, IL 62684

Voice: 217-496-2021
Fax: 217-496-2473
Attendance: 217-566-2325

Williamsville-Sherman CUSD #15
800 S. Walnut St.
Williamsville, IL 62693

Voice: 217-566-2014
Fax: 217-566-3890
Attendance: 217-566-2325

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