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, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.

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1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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