There is now a second tax hike proposal for Springfield schools on the table.
School board vice-president Adam Lopez wants the board to consider another attempt at a countywide referendum for a 1% sales tax increase, with the money to be used for school construction and renovation projects.
Lopez says at least four superintendents in outlying communities have pledged to support the proposal, if District 186 takes the lead.
But the new idea could interfere with a proposed property tax hike being sought by a parents’ group.
Unlike the sales tax hike, a property tax increase would only apply to District 186, and the money could be used for a variety of educational expenses, not just construction projects.