Local Option Sales Tax


Thanks to voter approval of the local option sales tax, the Rock Island School District is fixing up its buildings. Wednesday district officials cut a ribbon to celebrate improvements at Earl Hanson Elementary School.


Enrollment is growing in the Rock Island schools, and for the first time in decades, the budget is balanced. That's according to Superintendent Reginald Lawrence during his first State of the Schools Address Tuesday to a joint meeting of the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.

Residents of the Bettendorf School District can help decide how much money is spent on building improvements in the coming years. On Friday the district held the first of eight community meetings to find out what people think about a wide range of proposed projects.

Thanks to the voters, the United Township High School District will begin receiving some new revenue later this year. And planning is underway on how to spend proceeds from the local option sales tax.

Screenshot taken from Grant Wood Elementary's website showing kids wearing yellow shirts and jeans
http://gw.bettendorf.k12.ia.us/ / Bettendorf Community School District

The most crowded elementary school in Bettendorf will be expanded first. Last year, the school board decided to reduce the number of students per class at Grant Wood, but the building doesn't have much room to grow.

Design plan for a new entrance to Rock Island High School
submitted / Rock Island School District

Next fall, the Rock Island School Board may ask voters for a 1% sales tax for facilities and maintenance.

Moline School District

Voters in Rock Island County have once again said "no" to raising the sales tax to help schools, but by a much smaller margin than the previous two times.

Moline School District

Once again, a proposed local option sales tax for schools will be on the ballot Tuesday in Rock Island County. Herb Trix reports. Polls will be open in Illinois Tuesday from 6 am until 7 pm. 

When voters go to the polls this spring in Rock Island County, they'll get another chance to help raise money for school repairs and construction. That's because school boards representing more than half of the students have formally requested another vote on a local option sales tax for schools. 

As the new school year starts, students at North Scott High School are learning how to dodge demolition and construction. Work started this month on the next phase of renovations - the administrative offices, media center, and main entry. Director of Operations, John Netwal, says that follows updating of the locker rooms, wrestling rooms, and bathrooms in the 57 year old building.Netwal says this work at the high school is the latest project included in the updated master plan adopted two years ago.