School sales tax on Whiteside ballots

Originally Posted Online: March 13, 2014, 5:57 pm
Last Updated: March 13, 2014, 8:06 pm
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By Anthony Watt,

Whiteside County schools could see more than $4 million in new revenue if voters approve a 1 percent sales tax on March 18.

The tax proposal is similar to one recently approved in Henry County and similar to one on the March 18 ballot in Rock Island County, according to an overview of the proposal on the River Bend School District website.

Revenue generated by the tax would be restricted to capital projects and related expenses. The tax would not be levied on purchases of items such as vehicles, groceries and medication.

The sales tax is expected to generate about $4.2 million, which would be distributed based on enrollment. Sterling Public Schools is expected to receive the most, about $1,566,889, while the East Coloma-Nelson Consolidated Elementary School District would get the least, about $105,800.

Other district's projected revenues include:

-- Morrison: $508,180
-- Rock Falls Elementary: $487,006
-- River Bend: $465,832
-- Prophetstown: $380,955
-- Rock Falls High School: $296,438
-- Erie: $254,090
-- Montmorency: $127,045
-- Other districts: $42,348.


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  Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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