Sangamon County voters have given their approval to an additional one-percent sales tax to be levied on some purchases, with the money to go to school facility improvements in all county school districts.
53% of county voters supported the new tax, which would add one penny to every dollar of cost on purchases excluding unprepared food items, medicine, vehicles and farm implements. The new tax will take effect next June, and supporters say it will fund more modern, functional and safe school buildings that will bolster the local economy.
Capital Township voters have overwhelmingly approved an advisory referendum calling for the township to merge with Sangamon County. The City of Springfield is also interested in a merger with the township, since the boundaries of the two are roughly contiguous. But the county argues that it already performs most of the township’s functions. County officials will pursue state legislation to authorize such a merger.