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 Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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