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Raising the Sales Tax to Lower Property Taxes?

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MADISON COUNTY, Ill. (KMOX) – Registered voters in Madison County are getting robo-calls from a Virginia area code, asking them to vote “no” on the Tuesday April 5th sales tax referendum.

Here’s one statement from a call, “The group that wants to raise your taxes is receiving huge contributions from out-of-state donors. That’s right, people from Missouri want to see your local taxes raised. I wonder why.” 

The robo-call says it’s paid for by a group called “Madison County Citizens for Sustainable Education.”

A rival group, “Citizens for Property Tax Relief ,” says by adding a penny tax to each general merchandise item bought, school districts in the county could shift some of the tax burden away from property owners.

“The sales tax money is completely dedicated to either the building of new schools or the repairing of existing schools,” says group co-chair Larry Busch. 

Busch tells KMOX News, while school districts are not required to lower property taxes if the measure passes, 11 of 13 in Madison County are committed to doing so.

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