March 21, 2006

Black Hawk funding proposition chances look grim

As feared, it looks like the citizens of Rock Island County are again showing their support for higher education (not)

total precincts 120
Precincts Reporting 37 30.8 %

Total Votes 3876

YES 1674 43.19%
NO 2202 56.81%

As an aside, can anyone explain why this measure was included on a primary ballot rather than the general??


At 3/23/2006 6:04 PM, Blogger Huntooner said...

This shows the real problem with how we fund so much of our education in Illinois.

Funding education from property taxes pits the needs of youth (for education) against the needs of the elderly & low income individuals (for affordable housing.)

The Blagojevich administration keeps reporting how they've increased education funding across Illinois, but after conversations and communications with Superintendents and School Board members who's job it is to prepare and educate students from Pre-School to Graduate school, I am just not seeing it!

Education is a great investment, but the voters have had enough grabs at their property taxes, it's just that simple. Obviously, it's time for a new solution!

It's not a new idea, but what we need is a “tax-swap” - let’s fund education from income taxes rather than property taxes!


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