Thursday, January 29, 2015
Vote no on school sales tax to help save Illinois
LAWRENCE BAY had the following letter in the January 29 Dispatch/Argus. It also appeared in the February 1 Quad City Times. .... marks paragraph breaks. "On April 7 we will once again vote on the 1 percent school facilities sales tax for Rock Island County that we rejected in 2009 and 2014. The arguments for and against will remain the same. ..... Many may not understand how this sales tax will hurt Illinois governments. Consider a $1,0000 purchase such as appliances, electronics or furniture. Currently a sales tax of $62.50 goes to the state of Illinois and $12.50 goes to Moline or Rock Island. With the added 1 percent the sales tax will be 8.5 percent as opposed to 7 percent in Iowa. Consumers would then pay $15 less in sales tax per $1,000 by shopping in Iowa. ..... That would mean that $60 in state sales tax would now go to Iowa and Iowa schools would receive $10 while our Illinois cities and the state would lose $75. ..... Think people don't shop where taxes are lower? Count the Illinois license plates at Iowa gas stations! Thousands of Illinoisans daily buy fuel in Iowa to save $2-$3 per 10 gallons. How many more would shop in Iowa to save $15 per $1,000? Many prudent Illinois consumers may decide to do most of their shopping and dining in Iowa where sales taxes are so much lower. ..... Illinois governments cannot afford to lose this sales tax revenue. Many Rock Island County businesses cannot afford this loss of revenue. To keep Illinois competitive we must vote NO on April 7. For more information visit voteno2tax.blogspot.com."