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Vote YES for Public Safety!

posted Oct 27, 2016, 6:33 PM by Nick Camlin   [ updated Oct 27, 2016, 6:33 PM ]
HALF-PENNY SALES TAX FOR PUBLIC SAFETY

       According to Dr Ross’s five-year budget projects, current County revenue is not enough to fund the important operations of our departments, including record keeping, prosecuting crime, code inspections, issuing permits, patrolling 450 square miles, and housing prisoners. Every year that I have been on the County Board we have made cuts to the point that many departments are woefully understaffed.

       We now face a challenge with the upcoming fiscal year, beginning December 1, 2016: dramatic cuts will have to be made in order to balance the books. Raising property taxes and adding to residents’ already high bills is not the answer, nor is it practical. Instead we have proposed a half-cent public safety sales tax that would not apply to groceries, titled vehicles, medical devices, and prescription drugs. 

       I encourage the voters of Rock Island County to vote Yes for Public Safety. This sales tax can only be used for public safety functions including Sheriff’s deputies, prosecuting crime, jailing inmates, and staffing the Courthouse. The sales tax equals only a nickel on a $10 retail purchase. But that’s a bargain against the risk of not adopting this half-penny sales tax; we all rely on emergency response and the preservation of safety through our justice system. It applies fairly to all our County, not just property owners.