Sales Tax Referendums to Improve Schools and Public Safety Fail - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Sales Tax Referendums to Improve Schools and Public Safety Fail in Illinois Primary

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Last Bix Finisher Inspires The Crowd

    Last Bix Finisher Inspires The Crowd

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-07-26 22:08:16 GMT
    In less than three hours, Toni Wendler finished the 2014 Bix 7 race. She was born with Spina Bifida, but doesn’t stop her from reaching her goals.More >>
    In less than three hours, Toni Wendler finished the 2014 Bix 7 race. She was born with Spina Bifida, but doesn’t stop her from reaching her goals.More >>
  • PV Superintendent Says Ineligible Runner Was Aware Of Eligibility Requirements

    PV Superintendent Says Ineligible Runner Was Aware Of Eligibility Requirements

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:47:16 GMT
    Pleasant Valley Girls' track team has been stripped of its 2014 Class 4A state title after one of its members was ruled ineligible by the Iowa Girls' High School Athletic Union Board.PV Superintendent Jim Spelhaug tells KWQC there is “no question or confusion” that the team member involved and her family knew of the state's eligibility requirements.In April, PV’s star runner, Kaley Ciluffo explained why the 800 meters is her event.It's basically like two 4400'sput together which, that's why i...More >>
    Pleasant Valley Girls' track team has been stripped of its 2014 Class 4A state title after one of its members was ruled ineligible by the Iowa Girls' High School Athletic Union Board.PV Superintendent Jim Spelhaug tells KWQC there is “no question or confusion” that the team member involved and her family knew of the state's eligibility requirements.In April, PV’s star runner, Kaley Ciluffo explained why the 800 meters is her event.It's basically like two 4400'sput together which, that's why i...More >>
  • 2014 BIX 7 Race

    2014 BIX 7 Race

    Saturday, July 26 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-07-26 23:37:58 GMT
    The Bix 7 is a tradition for area families and world class runners every year. Many runners and walkers challenge themselves on this course. While some are participating for the first time, others say they haven't missed a year on the course or the sidelines. They say it's as much about the race as it is the atmosphere and being a part of something this big."I did the quick Bix last year and this year. The other times I've run or limped the Bix," said Jamie Snyder, who is a Bix 7 participant....More >>
    The Bix 7 is a tradition for area families and world class runners every year. Many runners and walkers challenge themselves on this course. While some are participating for the first time, others say they haven't missed a year on the course or the sidelines. They say it's as much about the race as it is the atmosphere and being a part of something this big."I did the quick Bix last year and this year. The other times I've run or limped the Bix," said Jamie Snyder, who is a Bix 7 participant....More >>

All local referendums to increase taxes for improvements to schools and public safety failed in Tuesday's primary election in Illinois.

You can see a full list of election results at this link.

The result of the Rock Island County local option sales tax proposition had Porter McNeil, a spokesperson for the Yes Makes Sense for Students campaign, telling TV6 he was disappointed by the outcome.  

The tax increase would have been used to fund new school facilities and improvements.

Voters in Rock Island County voted against the measure 55 to 45 percent.

"We came close," said McNeil. "Forty-five percent is a good solid vote. So we have momentum, we'll take a break, we'll look ahead. This issue is too important to say we'll never do it again."

Supporters of the proposition say it would mean a lot to future students as well as other members of the community.

"It's about economic development," said McNeil. "Eleven and a half million dollars a year would be invested modernizing our schools. That would put hundreds of people to work locally every year. At the same time we're modernizing and creating safer schools. School security is a very big issue," he said.

McNeil also said the proposition would have created $1.5 million of property tax relieve every year in Rock Island County.

But critics say the sales tax increase would have just given shoppers a reason to go to Iowa rather than Illinois.

McNeil said he hopes to change their minds in the future when he says  the measure will likely come up for a vote again.

"We didn't get the message across to everyone because obviously, I feel if we were effective in getting it across to everybody, they would respond positively," he said. 

Powered by WorldNow

805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Telephone: 563.383.7000
Fax: 563.383.7131
Email: news@kwqc.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Davenport, Inc. A Media General Company.