ANNAWAN – Superintendent Joe Buresh encouraged the school board, and other voters, to attend Tuesday's informational meeting on the proposed Henry County Schools Facility Sales Tax.
The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the school's media center.
Voters are being asked to approve a one-cent sales tax increase on April 9, which Mr. Buresh said would generate about$114,000 for the district, "based on our current enrollment.
"There also is a possibility that if the sales tax increase is approved, the additional money would take the place of increasing property tax rates in the operation and maintenance fund," he said.
"From statistical data I have received, about 50 percent of the revenue generated from the additional sales tax is projected to come from residents living outside of Henry County," he said.
Income from the sales tax increase only can be used for maintenance and physical facilities. Items not subject to the tax include cars, boats, farm equipment, farm inputs and groceries.
Mr. Buresh said the district could put that extra money to work immediately. He said that based on Governor Quinn's current budget proposal, the district will lose about $250,000 more in state funding this year.
"At this rate, we will be out of money in three years," he said. "That is really sad as we were in a great financial situation four years ago, but the loss of so much funding year after year will soon drain all of our reserves."
Mr. Buresh said so many staff cuts have been made in recent years that "cutting staff any further would have a negative impact on the educational programs offered and the quality of learning."
He said one retiring teacher will not be replaced.
In other business, the board:
- Changed the April meeting to 4 p.m. on April 24, from 6 p.m. on April 17, to meet canvassing requirements and seat new board members.
- Learned high school graduation is at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 19, and eighth grade promotion is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.