Letter: Penny small price to pay for jobs, development, kids


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Posted Online: March 08, 2014, 12:01 am
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I am writing to urge you to vote "YES" for the 1 percent sales tax to
improve our school facilities throughout Rock Island County.

First, if this referendum at the bottom of your ballot passes, this is the first time there will be real property tax relief. School districts have promised to cut property taxes if this is approved by the voters. I am sick and tired of rising property taxes, and I thank the school districts for taking this action.

Second, if this passes there will be new jobs created. Every year, approximately $11.5 million will be invested in schools throughout the county -- from Riverdale to Rockridge, from United Township and Moline to Rock Island. That equals new jobs for local workers. This amounts to a county job-
creating referendum.

Third, this isn't the Lottery because it's about local control of our schools. Every dollar will be invested in improving every school in our area -- improving security, learning environments, energy efficiencies (air conditioning). Local school districts -- not Springfield or Washington -- will decide where every new dollar is invested to improve schools.

Fourth, this is only one penny on the dollar. That's a small price to pay for such a big impact in new jobs, new economic development, and new smiles on the faces of our schoolchildren every year.

Fifth, nearly every county surrounding ours has passed a 1 percent tax for school facilities and the results can be seen everywhere including Iowa.

Please vote "yes" on March 18. It's nice to see a penny go so far and not come from real estate taxes.

Charles" Boots" Knapp,
Port Byron

















 




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  Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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