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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1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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