Friday, September 2, 2016
Vote no on RICo, schools sales tax referendums
JANET LONG of Rock Island had this letter in the August 18 Dispatch/Argus. "There will be two referendums to take more of our hard-earned dollars for increased taxes on the November ballot. This is nothing new. It seems there is never an election that goes by without someone trying to get hold of our money. ..... This time we are being attacked by both the Rock Island County government and the county school system. Does anybody in the school system ever read the news? ..... Recently Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed a panel to develop a plan to get more money to local schools. He also signed a 2017 budget that assures the county schools an increase of more than $2.5 million from the state. ..... The haven't received this yet, and they are asking for more! Perhaps some school districts should look at the Moline school system! Lo and behold, a balanced budget! They didn't join the effort to promoter the 1 percent increase in the sales tax. We are taxed enough now and it is time the schools looked into trimming their personal budget. ..... There is no reason for all of the number of superintendents and principals that we have in the county. They are costly and leave plenty of room to trim the budgets. However it seems that "budget trimming" is not a class offered in the school systems of this county. ..... This is the fourth time they have tried to pass this off on us. Another "NO" may get the message across. Vote no on the referendums."