Thursday, February 5, 2015
Stop throwing money into bottom-less pit, vote no
CAROL BAY had this letter published in the February 5 Dispatch/Rock Island Argus. This also appeared in the February 10 Quad City Times. ..... marks paragraph breaks. "Once again we are hearing an emotional appeal for higher taxes in Rock Island County "for our children". We are being told "it's only a penny". And we are being told that this added sales tax will shift the burden for funding our schools away from property taxes. ..... Henry County voters were told the same thing. They were even told property taxes may go down. What happened? The Colona school board is seeking an increase of $363.33 in property taxes on a $100,000 home. The Annawan school board voted a 9.58 percent increase in their property tax levy. ..... Meanwhile, Henry County is stuck with that 1 percent sales tax, forever, and sales are down in Henry County as shoppers go elsewhere where taxes are lower. Yet our schools always claim poverty. ..... Schools, and all other governments, always cry out for more money. The truth is our schools get plenty of money. Rock Island County property taxes are well above the national average. Rock Island County schools receive above the national average cost per pupil. Where does our taxpayer money go? ...... Before Rock Island County voters give yet more money to our schools we should insist that our schools quit wasting money on needless bureaucracy. Look at Iowa which delivers quality education with far fewer layers of administration. ..... We should not continue to throw money down a bottom-less pit while giving Illinois residents yet more reasons to shop in Iowa. Let's vote NO on April 7.