March 21, 2006

A note on the Black Hawk College tax proposal

The language people will see on the ballot for the proposed Black Hawk College referendum couldn't possibly be worse. It makes it appear as if the tax increase is enormous.

As you read the legal language on your ballot, you will be asked to approve a 24.5-cent rate for the education fund and a 10-cent rate for the operation and maintenance fund. The corresponding percentage increases in each separate fund are 104% and 43% respectively, but don't let those percentages mislead you!

Know that the requested overall rate increase is only 23% - which equals less than a dime! A homeowner whose house is valued at $100,000 would spend approximately $2.75 per month extra to support Black Hawk College.

Black Hawk College has provided a vital service to the community for many years and the formula which determines their share of local property taxes hasn't been changed in around 20 years.

Please vote YES on this measure.


At 3/21/2006 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a must yes vote. To not vote yes is putting in jepordy the higher education that mosr can afford. Please think about it if you are thinking of not voting for it. I considered it a vote in all of futures.

Thank You


At 3/21/2006 10:19 AM, Blogger youngdem503 said...

As a recent Black Hawk grad, Black Hawk serves a very vital role in our community and economy. As more and more blue-collar jobs are being outsourced it is important that the future and current generations have an affordable access to higher education in order to compete in the very vicious/cut throat Republican economy. If you would like the see the Quad Cities continue to flourish we must support our community colleges especially one as good as Black Hawk.


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