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A Letter to the Editors of QuadCityDailyNews.com from Chris Elsberg of Rock Island
I have been working very hard to try to get the Rock Island County School Facility Sales Tax passed, when it is on the ballot March 18. I am asking for your support and to vote YES!
Having been on the Rock Island/Milan School District Facility committee, I know there are a lot of things we need to catch up on as far as maintenance, safety, and security for our schools. This sales tax can give us the revenue to be able to do the facility maintenance and improvements. If you'd like to know the specifics of what we hope to do, it's all on the district's website at http://rockislandschools.org/risd/?p=4634. There is also an overview of the sales tax proposal at http://rockislandschools.org/risd/?p=4622.
There are several categories exempt from the sales tax, including groceries, medications, and vehicles. Everyone who buys in Rock Island County, regardless of whether they live here, own a home or rent, they will encounter this sales tax, so the full burden is lifted off of the property owners who pay property taxes. We expect over 30% of the money raised ($11.5 million) will be from people visiting Rock Island County (concerts, festivals, etc.). The money is then distributed to each school district based on the number of students in each of the 10 districts (approximately $3.1 million to Rock Island/Milan). The best part of all - it will lower your property taxes!
This is a giant endeavor and those of you who also feel strongly about getting this passed are needed. If you have a few hours in the evening or weekend from 3/1 to 3/18 we could sure use your help! You could be making calls to educate people and ask for their votes, calling to remind people to vote, doing data entry, donating food for our callers, or passing out fliers at a ballgame or band concert. Let me know at(309) 788-3060 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will contact you. Thank you.