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Along with crucial statewide offices being voted on in November, there will be several key local referendums that will be on the November 4 ballot.

In Piatt County, east of DeWitt County in central Illinois, voters there will be voting on whether to implement a one-cent sales tax that would go towards the educational institutions of the county. Superintendent of Blue Ridge Schools, Susan Wilson explains they have part of their district in Piatt County, and this would be money county schools could use on facilities and other like causes.

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Beginning tonight, voters are encouraged to attend a pair of informational sessions about the sales tax proposal. The measure failed earlier this year in DeWitt and McLean Counties, both also part of the Blue Ridge district and according to Wilson, she feels if the voters are informed of the tax, they may get more support for it.

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The estimated amount of money the Blue Ridge district would stand to gain from the proposal would be just short of $60-thousand. Wilson says to put that in perspective, that is almost what Mansfield generates in sales tax dollars over the course of the year.

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The first public informational session is today (Tuesday, October 7) at 7 pm in the junior high school art room. Wilson says the next meeting is October 23.

She encourages voters to come and get information on the tax and to be informed as they head to the polls in November.

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