Tuesday, February 3, 2015
It's hard to say no to kids, but more taxes aren't answer
CRAIG HOLLISTER had this letter in the February 3, 2015 Dispatch/Argus"Bruce Peterson, in a Jan. 26 guest opinion seems to blame our school financial problems on TIFs. His solution? Raise Rock Island County sales taxes. ..... He does not address how that would harm the state of Illinois through lost sales tax revenue or harm Illinois retailers as people go to shop where prices and taxes are lower. ..... He tries to put the blame for the few Illinois housing starts on our schools. Many people move to where property taxes are lower and Rock Island County has high property taxes, mainly to fund our schools. ...... He does not address that our schools are already generously funded, well above the national average. ..... Too often the first, and only, solution by many liberals to any problem is to raise taxes. Illinois has raised gasoline taxes so high that thousands of Illinoisans buy fuel in Iowa daily. Interstate trucks do not buy fuel in Illinois. What is the Illinois solution? They are debating another fuel tax increase. That will only send more motorists to Iowa. ..... Scott County already collects almost twice as much sales tax as Rock Island County. This school sales tax will send even more Illinois shoppers across the river to Iowa. ..... It is hard to say no to our schools. Of course we care about our children's education but raising taxes is not the solution. Raising taxes only makes the problem worse as Illinois loses yet more ground to Iowa. ..... I'm voting NO on April 7."