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Geneseo Schools Gather Input On New Tax Dollars

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Rock Island county voters will be asked to approve a one percent sales tax in March to fund school building upgrades.

Henry county voters approved the same tax last year for its school districts.

One district is gathering input from its community on how to spend the new money.

If Rock Island county voters approve the sales tax, it's projected to bring in $11.5 million for the schools in the county.

Henry county's tax is projected to bring in three million dollars for the schools.

Geneseo's share is $915,000.

The district is holding a series of community meetings to guide the school board's use of the new money.

It can only be used for building repairs and upgrades, but there is a long list of wants in the community.

People want things like a fine arts facility, upgraded classrooms with the latest technology, and safe buildings.

The school board's vice president says an influx of money like this doesn't come often.

"This is the first since I've been on the board. Since I've been on the board we've been deficit spending every year," says Vice President Jackie Mickley.

The district's architects say every building needs work.

The list includes new roofs and heating systems, to fixing accessibility issues.

As the meetings progress, the input from the community will be turned into a guiding plan for the school board as it plans how to spend the new sales tax dollars.

The Moline and Rock Island school districts have posted wish lists of their own if Rock Island county approves the sales tax.

Moline wants to upgrade safety and security features at all of its schools, as well as air condition the high school.

Rock Island wants to renovate six of its schools as well us upgrade the restrooms at the football stadium.

Moline says if voters approve the one percent sales tax, it will refund a five cent property tax used to pay for safety upgrades.

The sales tax can be used for those purposes.

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