Kankakee Daily Journal –

A coalition of community health care advocates, spearheaded by Debra Baron, Rhonda Showers and Nicole Smolkovich, addressed the Kankakee County Board’s Executive Committee on Tuesday, asking for its help to fund their cause.

The coalition is asking for a .25% sales tax for the county that would generate an estimated $3 million annually to address mental health in Kankakee County. If the the full county board OKs the request, the referendum would be placed on the ballot in the April 3, 2023, consolidated election.

“This would mean that a consumer would pay an additional 25 cents in sales tax for every $100 of tangible personal property bought at retail,” said Baron, who is the director of Project Sun, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley.

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