PONTIAC — Voters in three of four Central Illinois counties turned down the countywide sales tax to help pay for school facilities.

Only Livingston County voters approved the tax, which would help pay for buildings, with 4,211 voters or almost 55 percent, voting in favor.  Voters in LaSalle, Tazewell and Woodford counties turned down the 1 percent tax.

In Tazewell County, 60 percent of voters rejected the option; in LaSalle and Woodford counties, 58 percent were against.

Superintendents in McLean County are discussing the possibility of putting the question on next spring’s ballot.

Seventeen Illinois counties had the question on the ballot with mixed results.

Before this election, 13 of the state’s 102 counties had already approved it including Logan County in 2011.

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