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Richland County tax increase passes, will mean good things for the school

Voters in Richland County, Illinois said "yes" to a referendum raising the local sales tax by one percent.

Posted: Mar. 21, 2018 6:40 PM

RICHLAND COUNTY, Ill. (WTHI) - Voters in Richland County, Illinois said "yes" to a referendum raising the local sales tax by one percent.

That money will go toward renovations at Richland County High School.

The high school was built in 1952.

School leaders are hoping to use the money for three major things.

Accessibility - The school has several different elevations throughout, making it difficult for some with mobility issues.

Classroom Renovations - They are hoping to bring the school into what leaders are calling 21st-century learning.

School Safety - With 34 different entrances, the school hopes to limit that number. The main entrance doesn't lead directly to the office.

Now that the tax hike has been approved, blueprints will be drawn up.

They hope to begin renovations in the next year or so.

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