Normal votes to boost sales tax for mental health services

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 10, 2015 at 2:10 a.m.

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — The city council in Normal has approved a sales tax increase of 1 cent per dollar to fund mental health services.

If Bloomington also approves the tax increase in a vote on Monday, the change will take effect Jan. 1.

Ten percent of the estimated $6 million in extra annual revenue will go toward mental health.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports ( ) the rest could be split among projects such as athletic fields, public transit and business development.

The Normal City Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday to increase the sales tax from 7.75 percent to 8.75 percent.

Council member R.C. McBride says it's not like splurging on a new convertible in "some midlife crisis." He says, "These are investments."


Information from: The Pantagraph,

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