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|Chamber Holds Forum on Proposed Sales Tax Increase
|The head of the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce, at the very least, may be sympathetic to the plight of the Galesburg School District in trying to convince the community that $110 million in improvements to the district's facilities are needed.
The Chamber hosted a forum on District-205's Master Facilities Plan Tuesday, along with what a one percent increase in the county wide sales tax would do to help pay for that if voters approve of it.
But Chamber president Bob Maus says he noticed something about the plan that he felt needed to be better emphasized, the sort of thing District 205 Assistant Superintendent for Finance Guy Cahill agrees with.
"I hear people at the coffee shop going, yea you're spending that damn money on all that athletic stuff," Maus said.
"And I think that's what the citizens thought and that's why one of the questions in there I believe is designed to address that. But they heard that when they went to place an ad in one of the locals, they heard that very comment from the person that was taking the ad," Cahill said.
Cahill says only about five percent of the plan is dedicated to athletic improvements, and a new fieldhouse that is proposed to be built will be used temporarily for classroom space first, while improvements at Galesburg High School are ongoing, before it's ever used for athletics.
What's more, he says athletic work isn't until the latter phases of the first ten years of work.
(Guy Cahill, District 205 Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, speaks at a forum Tuesday at the Galesburg Public Library. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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