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, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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