Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Carol Bay Letter To The Editor
Carol Bay had the following letter in the January 6 Quad City Times and the January 7 Dispatch/Argus. (I am using ..... to mark paragraph breaks.) "On April 7, Rock Island County voters will once again vote on the school facilities tax that we rejected twice. Once again, we no doubt will be promised lower property taxes and told that the tax burden will be paid by outsiders. The proponents will also point out the many benefits bestowed by this sales tax. ..... Let's look at Henry County where, after repeatedly rejecting the school facilities sales tax , it was approved April 9, 2013. ..... The Annawan School District put out campaign literature that stated "The county sales tax for schools addresses facility funding in a manner that shifts away from property tax." ..... It warned that if people vote no "Property Taxes will likely increase" and stated if the sales tax passes "Property taxes may decrease". ..... What happened in Annawan? The school board voted in a 9.58 percent increase in the tax levy on December 17, 2014. The total tax rate is projected to increase from last year's tax rate of $4.30 to $$.49 per $100 of assessed valuation, costing the owner of a $100,000 house about an additional $53 per year. Other Henry County school boards have also raised their tax levies. Meanwhile, Henry County school boards complain that sales tax revenues are short of projections. ..... Rock Island County should not make the same mistake that Henry County did. I'm voting "NO" on the school sales tax."