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 Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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