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, awatt@qconline.com

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.


Local events heading

  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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