Letter: Why this voter is saying no to sales tax for schools

Posted Online: March 09, 2014, 12:00 am
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I'm voting "no" for the addition of 1 percent to the sales tax for Rock Island County school boards including the Rock Island/ Milan School Board. There are serious questions that we need to think about before voting either for or against the ballots.

1. What is the length of time for the proposed 1 percent tax? No term limit is listed on the ballot.

2. Wouldn't the schools have money available for repairs, security and revamping entrances by using the money after selling the property of Audubon School?

3. Aren't there grants and funds available from the state for security improvements at schools?

4. How many 1 percent additional sales tax will there be requested on future ballots such as for Hope Creek and the courthouse? Oh yes, Hope Creek is expected to be on the ballot in the future, too. Wow!

In the future funding will be needed for the courthouse. I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of being nickel-and-dimed to death by taxes.

Do you know where the money is going from our current breakdown of sales tax? So I implore everyone to think clearly before you vote for any increase in taxes. This sales tax could be for a lifetime. I'll be voting "no" on the referendum, after giving it very careful consideration

I'm for supporting our schools but this 1 percent sales tax is a bad idea.

William C. Langen,
Rock Island


Local events heading

  Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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