District 90 Board of Education votes to place facilities sales tax on ballot


The Board of Education thanked out-going OCFT President Rob Stoelzle and incoming President Tammy Eader for their leadership in the District. (submitted photo)

O’FALLON – The District 90 Board of Education voted to approve a resolution supporting the placement of a sales tax increase on the November ballot to help pay for facility construction and improvement.

In order for the question to be placed on the ballot, school boards representing more than 50 percent of the total student population in St. Clair County must approve similar resolutions. District 203 and 85 have also voted to place the question before the voters.

Board Member Steve Springer was the only board member to vote against the measure.

The proposed one percent sales tax increase will affect the entire county, with funds being distributed to districts based on student population. Funds can only be used for school building construction and financing and maintenance and upgrades. The funds cannot be used for salaries or other expenses. The sales tax will not impact any items that do not already have sales tax imposed on them, and will also not include cars, boats, or recreational vehicles.

In other business…

  • The Board also approved the purchase of a new tractor from Mascoutah Equipment Company, costing $34,276 before any trade in from the district’s old equipment is taken into account. The District 90 Booster Club will provide the $4,000 down payment on the tractor since it will be used to maintain some sports fields.
  • The Board voted to approve their mandated resolution adopting the Prevailing Wage.