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 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.

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