Moline schools pledge lower property taxes if sales tax referendum passes

Originally Posted Online: Feb. 24, 2014, 10:10 pm
Last Updated: March 06, 2014, 1:21 pm
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By Anthony Watt,

MOLINE -- The Moline-Coal Valley School District on Monday pledged to drop the life-safety portion of its property tax levy if voters approve a 1 percent sales tax on March 18.

The sales tax is designed to provide Rock Island County school districts with new revenue for facilities projects and related expenses. If approved, the tax would take effect July 1 and schools could see revenue by October. The money generated, an anticipated $11.5 million annually, would be divided among districts based on enrollment.

The life and safety portion of the Moline schools' property tax levy -- about a nickel per every $100 of assessed valuation -- normally is used for capital projects.

Last week, the Silvis school board made a similar pledge, if the March 18 referendum passes. The Rock Island-Milan School District is expected to address a similar resolution tonight.

Moline school board members on Monday also unanimously approved several measures related to upcoming capital projects, including a $1,548,600 bid for a heating and cooling upgrade at the high school from Davenport-based Ryan and Associates Inc. Work is expected to begin in June and be completed by early August.

Another board action will allow the district to apply for a $50,000 state maintenance grant, which also will be applied to the HVAC project. The grant would be used to offset some of the upgrade cost, said Darryl Snyder, the district director of facilities.

The board also approved a $255,934.25 bid from Chicago-based Robe Inc. to repair the Moline High School pool. The bid includes allowances for circumstances that might be discovered once repairs begin, Mr. Snyder said. The base bid for the project was about $208,000.

The district's estimate of the repairs was about $428,856, he said.

This was the second time the district has sought bids for the work. The first call for bids received only one submission, also from from Robe Inc. The firm was the only bidder on the second request.


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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
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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