The ballot for the November election contains a public safety tax referendum of 1% in White County. What follows is a fact sheet on the safety tax question. Just like the 1% school facility tax that was voted for in 2014, this tax is estimated to bring in approximately $1,000,000 in added revenue to county agencies.
1. Will the PUBLIC SAFETY TAX affect my real estate taxes?
No. The PUBLIC SAFETY TAX is solely on purchases made within White County. Your real estate taxes are unaffected by this.
2. What is the wording of the PUBLIC SAFETY SALES TAX REFERENDUM on the ballot?
“TO PAY FOR PUBLIC SAFETY TAX PURPOSES, SHALL WHITE COUNTY BE AUTHORIZED TO IMPOSE AN INCREASE ON ITS SHARE OF LOCAL SALES TAXES BY 1%?”
“THIS WOULD MEAN THAT A CONSUMER WOULD PAY AN ADDITIONAL $1.00 IN SALES TAX FOR EVERY $100 OF TANGIBLE SALES BOUGHT AT RETAIL THAT SHALL BE DISTRIBUTED TO ALL EMERGENCY AGENCIES.”
3. What can this money be used for?
The money, by statute, may only be used for crime prevention, detention, police, medical ambulance, firefighting, or other emergency services.
4. Can these sales tax funds be used for anything but PUBLIC SAFETY?
No. By Illinois Statute, it is not possible to use the money for any other purposes.
5. Does the 1% sales tax apply to everything I buy?
No. The law is that groceries, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cars, boats, farm equipment, and motorcycle purchases are exempt. Services such as beauty parlors and labor to fix a car are also exempt.
6. Will I be paying more sales tax in White County than in other counties?
No. Most places you shop, visit, or vacation have a higher sales tax. In the county wide area, the sales tax rate would be 8.25%. In the city of Carmi, the sales tax would be 9%.
8. What will the sales tax cost be in dollars and cents?
The White County buyer that spends $100 every week of the year in taxable items or $1.00 in sales tax weekly, would contribute $52 annually.