Reinvesting in the Heartland
21 March, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Building a Case for a Coal Severance Tax
March 21, 2016, 6pm
City Hall, Benld, Illinois
In recent years, Benld has experienced subsidence from coal mining that has taken place in and around their community over 50 years ago. They have had to demolish and rebuild a school, and repair roads and buildings.
This small community is concerned that ongoing subsidence will impact infrastructure, including a sewer, water, and a lift station. Concerns over these repairs and funding loom ahead.
On March 21, 2016, Pam and Lan Richart , Eco-Justice Collaborative, and others from the Community Futures Initiative will talk with the City Council about the benefits of an Illinois Coal Severance Tax. Revenues collected, for the most part, would be paid by out-of -state consumers; would not affect production or result in a loss of jobs; and could be used for economic development, environmental cleanup, or infrastructure repairs such as the ones Benld is facing.
For more information on reinvesting in the Heartland using revenues from a coal severance tax:
- See: Building a Common Sense Case for a Coal Severance Tax
- Visit: Community Futures Initiative at www.reinvestIL.org