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Soda pop tax could give power plant a tax break
Local superintendent calls it an unintended consequence
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Is a power plant a pollution control facility? And what does that have to do with the proposed sugary drink tax? Those are two questions that crossed the minds of local school officials looking at the text of Illinois Senate Bill 9.

Seneca High School Supt. Jim Carlson says the way the bill is written, it wouldn’t just add a penny per ounce to the price of soda pop. It would classify a power plant such as LaSalle Station as a pollution control facility. That would make it eligible for a property tax break.

Eleven local taxing districts, including Seneca High School, get a lot of property tax money from LaSalle Station. School officials are working with Sen. Sue Rezin’s office to straighten things out.

  • Rick Koshko lived the first half of his life in southern Illinois, then moved to Ottawa early in his broadcasting career. His first thoughts of broadcasting as a career occurred to him at age five--when it was bed time and he realized the guy on the radio didn't have to go to bed yet. Some irony: for most of the time he's worked in radio, Rick has had to get up very early in the morning to be on the air, sometimes in addition to being up late at night like he wanted.

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