Monday, January 19, 2015
A Couple Lies To Consider
One small lie consistently told by the supporters of the school sales tax is "ALL THE MONEY GENERATED BY THE ONE PERCENT SCHOOL FACILITIES SALES TAX WILL BE USED TO FUND IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR SCHOOL FACILITIES". THIS IS NOT COMPLETELY TRUE! THE STATE OF ILLINOIS WILL KEEP TWO PERCENT AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE CHARGE! A possibly larger lie, or at least a huge stretch of the truth, is "all money generated by the school facilities sales tax must be spent on school facilities and cannot be used for salaries, supplies or buses. This may be absolutely true, TO A POINT! School facilities sales tax revenue may indeed be used strictly on school facilities BUT HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF DISPLACEMENT? Schools can use the school facilities sales tax revenue to replace money that is currently earmarked in school budgets for facility improvement and use that money on salaries or feeding the bureaucracy. There may be little added money for school facility improvements! Is there anything in the history of Rock Island County education which would lead anyone to believe that giving our schools more money would improve education in Rock Island County? Vote NO on April 7.