Thank you to the RIMSD staff, students and parents who went out to vote on Nov. 8 and helped RIMSD get the word out about the Rock Island County 1% School Facility Sales tax!
Everyone’s efforts paid off and the 1% county sales tax referendum passed by over 4,000 votes! Overall, the entire Rock Island County election results reflected that 53.49% voted “yes,” and 46.51% voted “no.”
So what happens now? The school district will review the 2014 Facilities plan and re prioritize projects. The unfinished projects from the 2008 bond referendum are at the top of the list: Thomas Jefferson and Ridgewood Elementary as well as the Rock Island High School entrance renovation and food service facility upgrade. “The good thing is we have done a lot of preliminary preparation and planning with our 2014 Facilities Plan,” said Dr. Oberhaus.” Now we need to take action steps so that the community can see and benefit from the results.”
There is a possibility that the 1% sales tax collection will begin in July 2017 and the school district could begin to gather the revenue in October of 2017. RIMSD may be able to start on projects before then with the anticipation of the revenue, but numbers need to be put in place first (bids, cost projections, etc.). The outline of the Facilities plan and the projects are on the www.rockislandschools.org web site for reference. A special section will be added to the web site that will be up-to-date on projects and progress.
A big THANK YOU to the many parents, students and staff worked hard to get the Sales Tax information out to the public. It was a total grassroots effort and it paid off in a big way for our school district and families.
Thanks to those of you that voted on the issue and those who also dedicated your time and labor for the cause! Your efforts made a difference!