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Proposal for sales tax increase will be on the ballot for schools

Voters in Ogle County will have a chance in April to decide if they want a 1 percent sales tax increase to help school districts in the area.

The Forrestville Valley School board approved the proposal Wednesday night. They were the final school board in Ogle County to take action on the issue.

The Meridian School District board along with officials in Oregon, Polo, Creston, Eswood, and Kings were also in favor of the proposal.

Both school districts in Rochelle along with Byron did not want the sales tax issue on the ballot.

The referendum will be on the ballot since the majority of students from the districts want voters to decide this issue.

If the referendum is approved, the schools districts can use the additional money for numerous projects. This includes new facilities and additions, renovation work, land acquisitions, along with life safety proposals.

Voters in Lee County rejected the 1 percent sales tax increase last November for their school districts.

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