I was interested to read how, yet again, there is a sales tax referendum planned for the next election.
The article states that this sales tax was instituted by state law in order to shift the burden from property tax to sales tax. Yet, there is no mention of when and by how much my property taxes will decrease if the sales tax referendum is passed.
As a homeowner, I don’t really care where you get the money from; I just can’t afford it to be more than it already is.
If the school districts can show Whiteside County homeowners where the other part of this equation leads, they might have a better chance of passing the referendum. Until that happens, my vote will continue to be “no.”
To be honest, I think the focus is all wrong. If the county and our independent cities would spend their resources securing businesses willing to invest in our area again, the problem would solve itself. You simply cannot get blood from a stone.
But work to get manufacturing and commerce rolling again in Whiteside County, and suddenly people have jobs and will spend more money, resulting in increased revenue without rate hikes.