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Sees sales tax referendum as a great deal

Published: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

Why should you vote for the 1 percentage point sales tax increase?  Why do you shop Black Friday specials? Because you like a good deal.  This sales tax isn’t a good deal; it’s a great deal.

For pennies, Dixon can have an activities and sports center. I’ve lived here only a few years, but I know the winters are way too cold to exercise outside. It would be great to have an indoor activities center.

Everyone has their hand in your pocket? This sales tax revenue goes directly to our local regional office of education, where a check is written directly to each school district.  A district can choose how to use the money, as long as it’s for buildings and maintenance.

Based upon student enrollment, it’s estimated Dixon will receive $1 million a year. How did that happen? Because people living elsewhere shop here. Talk about a great deal – looks like that hand is in their pocket.

While we’re enjoying plays and tournaments, out-of-towners enjoying them will have to eat, shop and possibly stay overnight. Cha-ching. More revenue.

Dixon may start growing when people see what a great little spot we have here on the Rock River.  Companies may decide it’s just the place for them to be building.

You and I? We’ll be smiling like we bought a Black Friday TV. After all, where would we be today if those leaders who came before us hadn’t looked down the road to the future and realized a good deal when they saw one?

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