In a couple of months, voters in Jersey County will have a chance to decide whether an additional sales tax of three-quarters of a cent makes the cut. The referendum was placed on the ballot courtesy of a resolution passed by the Jersey Community Unit School Board. The thought is that the tax will be able to address the debt incurred through a series of facility upgrades in recent years, according to Superintendent Ed Settles.
Settles says the tax money generated can only be used on facilities. It cannot be used for salaries. The tax would not be placed on items like medicine or farm equipment. He says word of the plan went out through the district's messaging system last week. Some who received the message were apparently taken aback by a statement of support of the plan by Settles. He says since then, he has found out he can use the messaging system to distribute facts, but not personal opinion. He says that has since been remedied.