This bill sponsored by our local legislators would let Peoria County hold a referendum on whether to impose a special sales tax to raise money for the proposed riverfront museum and perhaps to replace or renovate the county-operated Bellwood Nursing Home ($24-$32 million).
The referendum could be as soon as February, 2009.
My position as both a government elected official and a resident of Peoria is at the present time with the information I have available I would recommend voting no. At this point it appear to be unfair to the business owners and taxpayers of Peoria County.
Special sales taxes have a habit of never going away. Higher taxes than in other communities help drive buyers to buy in other counties with lower sales tax rates.
I believe this bill would make it easier for public schools systems to raise taxes but I have not read the bill in it's entirety.
Facts in the form of comments if you please.