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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1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
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