Saturday, January 3, 2015
Quad City Times Endorses Higher Taxes (Surprise!)
To no one's surprise the January 3 Quad City Times endorsed the 1 percent sales tax for schools in the April 7, Rock Island County election. Be not dismayed. The Quad City Times made the same endorsement using the same false arguments in 2009 and 2014. We only need, once again, to point out the fallacies used by the Quad City Times and other supporters of this unfair tax. The Quad City Times, and others, make the claim "many new arrivals to the Quad Cities summarily discount Illinois-side towns when they compare public schools". We make the case that many new arrivals summarily discount Illinois-side towns when they compare property taxes. We agree that the 1 percent school sales tax in Scott County is not harming their tax revenue because that only raised Iowa's sales tax to the level of Illinois. In some cases the Iowa sales tax is still lower than that in Illinois, especially lower than the sales tax in Moline and Rock Island restaurants (the sales tax would be 10 percent, how much will diners pay in taxes before they go where the sales tax is only 7 percent?). Raising the sales tax in Rock Island County will send many prudent shoppers to Iowa which will further help Iowa businesses, schools and roads. The state of Illinois and other governments will see less sales tax revenue, Rock Island County businesses will lose sales. Rock Island County school property taxes will continue to rise much faster than the rate of inflation. Our school test scores will not improve. And one final sure-fire prediction OUR SCHOOLS WILL CONTINUE TO CLAIM THEY NEED MORE MONEY!