The following proposal was forwarded to Martinsville administration on Tuesday, February 28:
Draft Proposal for
The Casey-Westfield Administration has developed the following proposal.
Purpose: The purpose of the agreement is to establish a cooperative athletic team for football for the student-athletes of Martinsville High School and Casey-Westfield High School.
Term: This Agreement shall be for the term July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019.
Name/Mascot/Colors: The official name of the High School cooperative team shall be the Casey-Westfield-Martinsville Warriors and the official colors shall be purple and gold.
A. Coaching Assignments:
Casey-Westfield shall employ, assign, control, direct, and evaluate the head coach and additional assistants beyond one for the cooperative program.
Martinsville shall employ, assign, control, direct, and evaluate an assistant coach for the cooperative program.
B. Transportation – Each school will determine the need for transporting their student athletes to team practices and will make arrangements accordingly. Transportation to games will be the responsibility of Casey-Westfield and will originate from and return to Casey-Westfield. Transportation will be provided to and from games.
C. Revenue/Expenses – Each school shall be responsible for expenses for coaching staff they employ. Expenses for uniforms, equipment, tournament fees, game transportation, etc. shall be the responsibility of Casey-Westfield and shall remain the property of same. Each school shall be responsible for the required student accident insurance for their student-athletes. Each school shall maintain their own facilities. Officials shall be paid at the same rate (current highest rate) for both schools and shall be paid by the school where the contest is held.
D. Game Site – One varsity home football game each year shall be played at Martinsville for their homecoming. All other varsity home football games shall be played at Casey-Westfield, including all play-off games. One Fresh/Soph home football game each year shall be played at Casey-Westfield. All other Fresh/Soph home football games shall be played at Martinsville.
E. Practice Site – Football practices shall be held at Casey-Westfield, with the exception of the Thursday before Martinsville’s homecoming.
Additional details to be developed cooperatively by administration of both districts. Complete proposal subject to approval of both boards.
1% County Schools Facility Sales Tax
Casey-Westfield CUSD #C-4 covers portions of five counties. One of those is Cumberland County, which will have the 1% County Schools Facility Sales Tax on the April ballot for voter consideration in Cumberland County.
This new funding method may only be used for school facility upkeep and reduces the need for the school district to rely solely on property taxes for school buildings.
How will funds be used?
The tax revenues may be used to pay for any school facilities related capital expense such as: payment of bonds for previous work resulting in lower property taxes; maintaining, renovating, upgrading facilities; safety and security measures; etc. Sales tax revenue may be used instead of issuing bonds that raise property tax rates. Each school district in the county decides how to use sales tax revenue. Casey-Westfield CUSD #C-4’s top priorities for use of sales tax revenue are:
-Preventing property tax rate increases
-Increased safety and security measures
Will every school district with students who reside in Cumberland County benefit from this tax?
Yes. All eight school districts who have students that reside in Cumberland County will receive funds from the sales tax. School districts who have students that reside in Cumberland County will receive a per student allocation of approximately $265 per student. The regional office of education will be responsible for distribution of the revenue according to the number of Cumberland County students attending each school. The money follows the student.
How much more would I actually be paying if this passed?
$100 of grocery food = no increase
$7.00 of fast food = 7 cents
$15,000 car/truck = no increase
$450 TV = $4.50
$50 of gasoline = 50 cents
$40 of medicine = no increase
$70 of lumber = 70 cents
$1.00 spent = $0.01 sales tax
$10.00 spent = $0.10 sales tax
$100.00 spent = $1.00 sales tax
$1,000 spent = $10.00 sales tax
$3,000 spent = $30.00 sales tax
Farm inputs such as seed, feed, fertilizer and implement purchases will not be taxed.
What else is not subject to this tax?
The tax does not apply to the sale of:
· Tangible personal property that is titled or registered with the state (e.g., cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, trailers, snowmobiles, aircraft), or
· Food for human consumption that is to be consumed off the premises where it is sold (other than alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and food which has been prepared for immediate consumption)
· Prescription and non-prescription medicines, drugs, medical appliances and insulin, urine testing materials, syringes, and needles used by diabetics.
How does the sales tax benefit property owners?
The countywide facility sales tax is a state approved method to fund school facilities. It can benefit property owners in two ways. First, sales tax revenues can be applied to paying off existing debt of the district that was incurred for past school facility needs, which lowers property taxes. Secondly, the tax revenues can fund projects that, without the sales tax, would otherwise be funded from bonds supported by property taxes. In addition, sales tax is paid by everyone, including visitors to the County, and is a revenue source that does not rely on just property owners. Many Cumberland County residents shop and dine in other counties (such as Coles) that already have this sales tax.
Isn’t this another property tax?
No, a property tax places the tax burden squarely on the shoulders of the local community. A sales tax spreads the tax burden fairly across the customers that do business in our county, however there are items that are exempt from this tax such as: Farm inputs (seed, feed, fertilizer and equipment purchases), pharmaceuticals, groceries not subject to the 1% tax, vehicles, etc. It is estimated that nearly 70% of the sales tax revenue will be collected from people who do not reside in Cumberland County, such as Interstate travelers, etc.
Can the revenue from this sales tax be used for things such as salaries, benefits, school buses, operating expenses, etc.?
No, the law only allows the proceeds to be used for items such as maintaining, renovating and upgrading school facilities.
Which Illinois counties have approved and imposed the tax?
Bond, Boone, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Henry, Jackson, Jersey, JoDaviess, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Mason, McDonough, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Randolph, Rock Island, Saline, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Wabash, Warren, White, Whiteside, and Williamson counties. This is a total of 48 counties of the 102 counties in Illinois.
Statutory reference 55 ILCS 5/5-1006.7
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