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 Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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