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Penny Sales Tax Proposal In Rock Island County, IL

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There are three propositions on the Rock Island County ballot for the General Primary Elections. One of them is a 1% sales tax increase that would go towards facility upgrading and capitol projects for schools in Rock Island County.

If the 1% sales tax question passes, Rock Island County is estimating they will make $11.5 million a year. Then it would be divided up between county schools based on enrollment numbers.

Moline School District has been a big proponent of this referendum and they estimate they would get $3 million a year from the tax increase. Money that 
Superintendent Dr. Dave Moyer said could help put air conditioning at the high school. The price tag is nearly $14 million and that's not the only upgrades they need to make.
Most Moline School District's buildings don't have air conditioning. When it's really hot out, they usually have to dismiss class early taking kids away from needed classroom time. Approving a penny sales tax in Rock Island County could help them battle the heat. 

"We have aging facilities that are not really constructed for modern educational purposes in many ways lacks some of the basic safety and security types of amenities that are preferable."

If approved, the 1% sales tax increase would be in effect permanently in Rock Island County and would only be used for facility improvements for schools. But are voters willing to say to yes to this tax?

"I mean the education isn't going to be 1% better, it's going to be the same as it was before," said Timothy Terronze. "So, definitely not."

"Anything that helps improve the kids and stuff like that," said Raymond Reeves. "Yeah, I'd vote for that."

"Yes, because I think the safety for the kids at school is more productive now," said Jackie Tabb. "It seems like it would really need to happen."

Dr. Moyer said their first priority is improving security and safety infrastructure in their schools. They'd also like to upgrade their auditorium and football field among others, but they can't do it with some financial help especially these days when schools are getting less money from the state.

The other questions on the ballot include asking for another sales tax increase, this one for public safety. The other deals with building a new elementary school and transportation facility in the Rockridge School District.


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