On March 20th, voters in Vermilion County will be asked to vote on a Penny Sales Tax that can be used to improve school facilities. If passed, we estimate that Salt Fork would receive $372,000 every year to be used to upgrade our schools. 49 counties in Illinois, including Champaign County, already have this in place.
Our board has identified three major priorities for the money should it pass:
- Freeze the Property Tax Rate – The money that comes in from the Penny Sales Tax would allow us to do all of the facility projects without having to raise property taxes.
- Facility Upgrades – Some of the projects include improving our heating systems, installing air conditioning, repairing the North Campus parking lot, and finishing the roofing project at the South Campus.
- Improve Opportunities for Students – Our goal is to move to a 1:1 student-to-laptop ratio at the junior high and high school and a 2:1 student-to-laptop ratio at the elementary. In order to accomplish this, there is a significant amount of work that must be done to our technology infrastructure and electrical system to support the additional technology. In addition, we want to upgrade our science labs and purchase new playground equipment.