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.