View from QCA: Time to step up, support RICO students


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Posted Online: March 07, 2014, 12:00 am
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By Diane and Hunt Harris
We strongly endorse the March 18 primary proposition to support a 1-percent local sales tax option for the purpose of improving school facilities in Rock Island County. We urge our fellow citizens to join us in this support.

Providing our children with a strong education has always been a core value of American society. Prior generation's investment in our education allowed us to grow and prosper as a community and as a nation. In this global, increasingly sophisticated and technical economy a good education is essential for individual success, good citizenship and national prosperity.

Competing both regionally and globally requires that our community invest in its educational facilities and provide the best possible education for our children.

Passage of the proposition on the March 18 ballot will strengthen our economy, make Rock Island County more attractive for families and new businesses and provide the facilities needed to give our children a quality education. Scott County has had a similar sales tax for many years. As a result, many consider it a better place to reside and locate businesses due to the perceived better quality of its schools and their facilities. This lowers real estate values in Rock Island County that are a major portion of most people's wealth.

Your "yes" vote on this proposition will:

-- Allow school districts to invest in much needed facilities upgrades including security enhancements, new technology labs, air conditioning and energy efficiency. Funds will be used solely for facilities improvements -- not salaries.

-- Provide a small level of property tax relief in the East Moline / United Township / Moline and Rock Island districts.

-- Bring $11.5 million annually into the local economy creating construction and trades jobs and have an overall economic effect of more than $85 million annually.

-- Make Rock Island County more competitive in recruiting new businesses and families.

More importantly, it will provide better facilities and learning opportunities for our children.

Studies have shown that early investment in our youth pays rewards many times the cost. It prepares our youngsters for good jobs. It provides a base of future taxpayers. It reduces poverty and crime with their increasingly high costs.

Now is the time to step up in support of Rock Island County students. They are our future. Join us in voting "yes" on March 18. Your thanks will come from many future generations of students who have benefited from your positive choice.
Hunt and Diane Harris of Moline are Quad-Cities philanthropists through organizations like the Hunt and Diane Harris Family Foundation and the John H. Harris III Memorial Foundation.














 



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  Today is Friday, July 25, the 206th day of 2014. There are 159 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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