PEKIN — The fourth time wasn't a charm.

Tazewell County voters Tuesday rejected a 1 percent school facilities sales tax, defeating the measure 9,185 to 7,105, or 56 percent to 44 percent.

It was the fourth rejection of the sales tax, which is in place in 54 of the state's 102 counties, including five of the six counties that border Tazewell.

The sales tax was rejected by Tazewell voters by 68 to 32 percent and 60 to 40 percent margins in 2009 and 2013, but it lost only 52 to 48 percent last November, giving district superintendents and school boards hope voters would approve it this time around.

Revenue from the sales tax can be used only to pay for facilities work or make payments on construction bonds.

The latter lowers property taxes, but even that incentive wasn't enough to sway voters Tuesday.

The Morton School Board pledged if the sales tax passed to freeze the K-12 district's property tax levy for one year and use revenue from the sales tax in the next four years to pay off the debt from an elementary school construction project completed in 2017.

According to the district, the owner of a $200,000 home would have seen an estimated $200 per year reduction in the district's portion of his or her property tax bill in the next four years, and about $60 per year after that.

For the Morton School District and K-8 Pekin Public Schools, sales tax revenue would have been about $2 million annually.

For the four school districts in Washington, the total would have been close to $3 million annually. The K-12 Deer Creek-Mackinaw School District was looking at a nearly $650,000 annual revenue windfall from the sales tax.