What could come out of Boone County taxpayers' wallets is a hot topic as the April 9th election nears.
From the young to the young at heart, the outcome of this general election affects two very different groups of people in the form of referendums. One is a proposed property tax increase to help veterans. The other is a possible raise in sales tax to aid students' surroundings.
A property tax increase would assist veterans in short-term financial need. Those for a one percentage point sales tax increase say it takes relief off of Boone County property taxes since outsiders passing through will help out by buying things. Plus, the area will stay attractive to those outsiders.
If it's passed, the sales tax rate will increase to 7.75%, the same as Cherry Valley and lower than Rockford's 8.25%.
There are mixed opinions among residents about tax increases.
"I'm definitely going to be voting in favor of the veteran's referendum and of the sales tax referendum, those things are just completely important." -says Boone County resident Jessica Muellner.
"I don't like any new taxes. I always get concerned when politicians tell me they're going to help me and add a tax." -says Boone County resident David Hammer.
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