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Regional superintendent: Williamson County sales tax revenues exceed $61 million.

MARION - With all of the uncertainty about funding in Illinois, the decision by voters in Williamson County in 2008 to adopt a sales tax has helped schools in the county meet their ongoing facility needs, not only for new construction, but also for renovations.

"These projects help our children but also help the economy as those workers live and shop in the region," said

Regional Superintendent of Schools Lorie LeQuatte.

Regional Of?ce of Education No. 21 received the 112th payment for the Williamson County school facility sales tax on Tuesday. The funds received for the October distribution were $548,263.15.

In total, since July 2008, schools with territory in Williamson County have received a total of $6l,635,147.49. School districts may use these funds on building construction and maintenance items and not on teacher salaries or operating funds. Many building construction and maintenance projects have been funded by these distributions while construction jobs have been maintained for the local economy.

As state law directs ROEs to distribute these funds and allows them to hold the funds in their accounts for up to 30 days and collect interest, the ROE has accumulated approximately $25,515.63 in interest from the Williamson County Sales Tax distribution since July 2009.

Most local school districts have agreements in place with the ROE so it may keep interest earned and utilize the funds to provide services to the school districts. The ROE has spent $27,200.85 from that amount to provide services.

Questions regarding the distribution of the sales tax and the process can be answered by LeQuatte at her Benton office at (618) 438-9711.

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