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


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  Today is Monday, July 28, the 209th day of 2014. There are 156 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.

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