Letter: Tell Moline to say no to more corporate welfare


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Posted Online: Nov. 23, 2012, 6:00 am
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Residents of Moline, are you having difficulty buying groceries, paying bills and making ends meet? Are you tired of having government look for more ways to take your money? Then you won't like what follows!

Over the past few years, Moline has implemented a new sales tax, utility tax, food and beverage tax and just approved an increase in sanitation fees. They gave the city administrator's six figure income an increase, and the mayor's position is also in line for an increase. All this, when Moody's report says the city has an above average debt position despite the new taxes.
Now they want to subsidize wealthy corporations with more tax increment funding (TIF).

For example, Genesis (the same corporation that operates many hospitals) wants tax dollars to subsidize a new medical complex in Moline. The feasibility report says that without tax assistance they would need to charge above-market rent for medical office space.

Genesis wants to consolidate its operations by moving doctors and staff across the street to a fancy new building using tax dollars to subsidize this (like doctors and hospitals don't make enough as it is). This is only one of three TIF's proposed.

If you are tired of paying more to government only to see it go to wealthy corporations, then contact your alderman now to vote NO!
They can be found at http://www.moline.il.us/index.aspx?nid=469.

If they say it's not tax dollars, ask about the millions advanced to a TIF in 2009 not to be repaid until 2022.

Robert Lazenby,
Moline















 



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1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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