Friday, January 16, 2015
No new taxes for RI County
The following letter-to-the-editor by CRAIG HOLLISTER appeared in the January 16, 2015 Quad City Times in rebuttal of their January 1 editorial. "Do the editors of the Quad City Times read their own editorials? On January 1,2015 under "Our wishes for 2015" there are two very contradictory wishes back to back. ..... A wish that "Rock Island County voters give their schoolchildren the same support Scott County voters have extended for more than a decade with the one percent sales tax for education" is followed by, "Legislators accept the ample revenue streams drawn from existing property and income taxes, then cease and desist discussions to add gas taxes, user fees or any new taxes." ..... How can the Quad City Times wish that legislators not raise taxes while urging a sales tax increase in Rock Island County? Look at our property tax bills. Rock Island County schools should have a very ample revenue stream. ..... In Illinois counties that have the school sales tax, the property tax rate is rising faster than the rate of inflation, while the sales tax revenue has not met projections, as people shop where prices are lower. This sales tax would make the Rock Island County sales tax much higher than Iowa's, causing even more dollars to leave Illinois. ..... Is the Quad City Times for or against higher taxes? You can't be both in adjoining paragraphs.