The vice-president of the Springfield school board says it would be possible to put more money into direct classroom expenses, build new schools, and lower the property tax burden in District 186.
And Adam Lopez says all it will take is a 1% countywide increase in the sales tax. School board members heard Tuesday night from an expert in the state law that allows county voters to enact a sales tax for school facility construction.
Anne Noble says that money could be used to pay for some bond debt that the district is currently paying from the education fund, potentially freeing up $2 million for education expenses.
A one-percent hike would raise $21 million per year, with nearly half going to District 186 and the rest being split among all other county school districts.