Voters likely to see 1% tax issue at 2013 polls

Galva High School and other schools in Henry County could benefit from a 1 percent retail sales tax that may be voted upon by county voters in April 2013.

The Galva School Board on Monday approved a proposed 1 percent retail sales tax in Henry County that would generate income for school districts in the county.

Geneseo, Kewanee and several smaller districts in the county have also approved the measure, making it a likely issue on the April 2013 ballot.

Districts with a combined total of at least 50 percent of the county's students had to approve the measure before it could become a ballot issue.

Official announcement of the issue joining the ballot hasn't been made yet, but appears eminent.

Supt. Doug O'Riley said that if the tax is approved by voters, he'd like to see funds go for a new high school parking lot and fire lane. He said that Galva School District wouldn't have to go to voters for money for the repairs, and noted that half of the tax would be paid for by tourists in Henry County.