District Dispatch

County Sales Tax Revenue For Facility Funding To Sangamon County Schools

The county schools facility sales tax is for one cent on every dollar spent on qualifying retail purchases. Not everything falls under the County Sales Tax like all other municipal or county sales tax items. If it is not currently taxed, it will not be taxed.

The County Schools Facility Sales Tax revenue is generated locally from all Sangamon County residents, but more importantly generated from the population traveling to Springfield and through Sangamon County. Data shows that 30-40% of this qualifying sales tax revenue is generated from people outside, traveling to, and visiting Sangamon County. The county schools sales tax is a shift from relying exclusively on property owners to help fund public schools. This tax is shared amongst all people paying the sales tax on the qualifying purchases.

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What Is a Sales Tax for School Facilities?

Background: Recognizing the need for Illinois schools to remain competitive and to reduce the burden of school facility funding on real property owners, Illinois legislators passed the Illinois County School Facility Tax Act (CSFT) in 2007. The intent of the law is to provide both a new source of funding for public schools, and an alternative source of funding to traditional property tax revenues. The CSFT provides for a retail sales tax of up to 1% on “non-essential” goods sold in the county for funding school facility needs. Similar laws have been enacted with success in many other states, including in Iowa, where the option was passed by every county. To date, the county school facility sales tax has been approved in 51 Illinois counties and will be on the ballot in three more counties in November 2018.

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The WCUSD#15 District Dispatch is a monthly publication from the Superintendent to:

1. Enhance communication to the public
2. Build trust and transparency with the WCUSD#15 Learning Community
3. Educate and communicate the State of the District

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Sangamon County School Facility Sales Tax

On November 6, 2018, the voters of Sangamon County will be asked to approve a proposal to provide funding to all county school districts through a 1-cent retail sales tax increase. The revenue from this Sangamon County School Facility Sales Tax will be generated from Sangamon County residents and more importantly from the people who visit and travel through Sangamon County. The revenue can only be used to maintain and improve school facilities or to make payments on existing bond debt. The Sangamon County School Facility Sales Tax is a shift from exclusively relying on local property taxes to fund school facilities.

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SCHOOL SAFETY A TOP PRIORITY

With the world we live in today, we need to plan, practice, prepare, and educate the community and students of the importance of school security. We are very fortunate to live in communities which are great places to raise kids. For the most part, we are very sheltered from society’s ills, and crime is not something we often witness or are exposed to. Consequently, we tend to take for granted the comforts given to us by living in such quiet communities, easily forgetting the importance of being diligent in maintaining safe practices.

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Sangamon County School Facility Sales Tax

On November 6, 2018, the voters of Sangamon County will be asked to approve a proposal to provide funding to all county school districts through a 1-cent retail sales tax increase. The revenue from this Sangamon County School Facility Sales Tax will be generated from Sangamon County residents and more importantly from the people who visit and travel through Sangamon County. The revenue can only be used to maintain and improve school facilities or to make payments on existing bond debt. The Sangamon County School Facility Sales Tax is a shift from exclusively relying on local property taxes to fund school facilities.

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Welcome Back To A New 2018-2019 School Year


Welcome back Bullets and Bee Bee’s! I hope you enjoyed a summer vacation or time off
filled with fun and exciting memories with your family, friends, and loved ones. Each
school year starts a new chapter and new choices in everyone’s lives. Everyone has the
opportunity for a fresh new start, to make a change, challenge themselves, and set new
personal goals. Everyone is undefeated!

The excitement of another school year is in the air and everyone is anxiously awaiting the
sights and sounds of all the activities and experiences in store for our students.

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Trust and Transparency

One of the most important aspects of my job as your Superintendent is to build trust and
transparency with the local communities. During my first year as WCUSD#15
Superintendent, I worked collectively with the Board of Education and the communities
in being transparent with district finances and building trust with community
relationships.

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Best Wishes Class of 2018

Another school year is nearing completion and the challenging road to graduation for the
class of 2018 has arrived. The journey for these students has been filled with great
accomplishments and successes inside and outside the classroom.

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District Dispatch April 2018

REGARDLESS OF FUNDING IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY AT WCUSD#15
Due to the lack of a State of Illinois linear school funding payment schedule over
the past several years, WCUSD#15 has been deficit spending, spending reserves,
reducing programs, and being expected to do more with less revenue, while at the
same time trying to balance responsibilities to the tax payer and create
opportunities for students and staff. For a district with cash flow problems and
the inability to borrow money, this causes financial challenges. 

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BUILDING THE BRIDGE
School to community relations is key to educational success for our district’s students.  Building a bridge from home to your student’s classroom is an important connection for communication and active community involvement in our schools. Students and parents have an important voice in their education. Collaborating, communicating, and working with teachers is vital to a positive learning environment.

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INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION – Managing Schools Under Tax Caps

Historically, the WCUSD#15 Board of Education have been good financial stewards being fiscally responsible to the local taxpayers.

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District Dispatch November 2017 - Investment in Education

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO EDUCATE A CHILD

Someone once told me “It Takes a Village to Educate a Child.”  In our case, it takes two Villages – Sherman and Williamsville.  Our Villages consist of many important assets to ensure all WCUSD#15 students are successful and to make sure the WCUSD#15 ship is steered in the right direction. Read more. 

 

 

 

Williamsville-Sherman CUSD #15
800 S. Walnut St.
Williamsville, IL 62693

Voice: 217-566-2014
Fax: 217-566-3890
Attendance: 217-566-2325

Williamsville High School
900 S. Walnut St.
Williamsville, IL 62693

Voice: 217-566-3361
Fax: 217-566-3792
Attendance: 217-566-2325

Williamsville Junior High School
Grades 6-8

500 S. Walnut St.
Williamsville, IL 62693

Voice: 217-566-3600
Fax: 217-566-2475
Attendance: 217-566-2325

Williamsville Junior High School
5th Grade Center
504 S. Walnut St.
Williamsville, IL 62693

Voice: 217-566-4070
Fax: 217-566-2183
Attendance: 217-566-2325

Sherman Elementary School
312 South Street
Sherman, IL 62684

Voice: 217-496-2021
Fax: 217-496-2473
Attendance: 217-566-2325

Williamsville-Sherman CUSD #15
800 S. Walnut St.
Williamsville, IL 62693

Voice: 217-566-2014
Fax: 217-566-3890
Attendance: 217-566-2325

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