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, awatt@qconline.com

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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1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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