Friday, January 16, 2015
Help Save Illinois by voting NO
Many voters are probably not aware of how much damage could be done to the entire State of Illinois by the proposed one percent school sales tax for Rock Island County. We all know that many Illinois motorists buy their gasoline in Iowa in order to save an average of 30 cents per gallon, $3.00 per ten gallons! You may not have considered that by buying their gas in Iowa they are helping Iowa businesses and are paying Iowa gasoline taxes to help Iowa roads and are paying Iowa sales taxes to help Iowa government and schools. These Illinois motorists are hurting Illinois businesses and governments by taking these dollars to Iowa. ..... If the one percent school sales tax is approved in Rock Island County even more Illinois dollars will be spent in Iowa. Consider a $1,000.00 purchase of an appliance or furniture. If the shopper spends $1,000.00 in Moline the state of Illinois collects $12.50 in sales tax while Moline collects $12.50. Increase the sales tax by another one percent and the total sales tax is now $85.00! There are stores on both sides of the river but the sales tax would be $15.00 more in Rock Island County! If that appliance is purchased in Iowa the purchaser saves $15.00 but $60.00 in state sales tax now goes to Iowa and not Illinois,$10.00 goes to Iowa schools, the city of Moline or Rock Island loses $12.50 while the state of Illinois loses that $62.50 in sales tax and , of course, Rock Island County schools get nothing! ...... Rock Island County restaurants will also suffer, the current sales tax in Rock Island and Moline is 9 percent while it is 7 percent in Iowa, this tax would raise the sales tax to 10 percent. How high a tax will customers pay before they decide to save money by doing most of their shopping and dining in Iowa? ..... Think Illinoisans won't buy where taxes are lower? Go to any Iowa gas station and see how many Illinoisans buy their gasoline where they can save $2.00-$3.00 per ten gallons. How many more will decide to shop where they can save $15.00 per $1,000.00? ..... Illinois is already losing too many dollars to Iowa. Too often when a chain closes underperforming stores it is the Rock Island County store which is closed. Illinois is hurting for revenue and this sales tax increase in Rock Island County will hurt the State of Illinois and the cities of Moline and Rock Island through lower sales tax revenue while also hurting Rock Island County businesses which will see reduced sales. To save Illinois, vote NO April 7th.