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|Knoxville Wants Help With Sales Tax Increase Push
|FIRST REPORTED 6:00am 8/6/10 The Knoxville School Board is clearly looking at an uphill battle if it wants the public to approve a one-percent increase in the Knox County Sales Tax, even if members themselves can't legally advocate for the increase.
The District-202 Board used a special meeting Thursday night to discuss the ongoing efforts of all Knox County schools excluding Williamsfield to get the word about about why the increase is needed. If approved, the proceeds can only legally be used to pay for capital construction-related projects.
Board president Robert Bogard says in addition to trying to dispel ongoing misconceptions about the so-called one-cent sales tax, the public needs to know that it's not just Galesburg voters that can be kep to the outcome of the ballot question asking for the increase.
"I have heard people say 'well, Galesburg is going to determine this election,'" Bogard said. "That's probably true, but the outlying four school districts' (Knoxville, Abingdon, ROWVA, Williamsfield) combination (of) votes would sure help support that, and maybe push it over the edge. So it's important, I think, that every community come up with their strategy to sell this to the individuals in our communities -- in our districts."
The Board is looking for members of the public that can help get the word out about the proposed sales tax increase, and to attend meetings on the matter with the other districts.
The next of those meetings is Tuesday evening at the Galesburg School District Headquarters.
|08 06 10 by Newsroom
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