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Decision Time for Vision Iowa PDF Print E-mail
Local News
Tuesday, 03 April 2001 18:00
If you believe the hype, the futures of entire communities hinge on decisions that will be made in the coming months. For the past year, the board of the state’s Vision Iowa program has set rules and procedures and reviewed applications for a big pile of state money that was set aside last year for projects to boost tourism and improve quality of life.

 
Rock Island Updates Slough Plan PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 March 2001 18:00
Rock Island • At a study session on March 26, the Rock Island City Council received a report from the Sylvan Slough Task Force, which is charged with updating a 1989 plan for the area. The new report recommends, among other things, expansion of the Quad City Botanical Center to the area just east of Government Bridge for a children’s garden; development of the Sylvan Slough as a “naturalized exhibit (river and woods) and an extension of the Botanical Center”; creation of a “railroad museum” along the Iowa Interstate and Burlington Northern railroad yards; development of a “public access site to the river” in the industrial area behind and to the east of the QCIC plant; and creation of a baseball stadium for Augustana College between 5th and 6th avenues and 39th and 40th streets.

 
Iowa Legislature Mulls Raising Sales Tax PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Tuesday, 27 March 2001 18:00
• The Iowa House of Representatives will be looking at a proposal to raise the state’s sales tax to 6 percent and use the money to pay for school construction and repair. Inspired by the success of a 1998 law that allowed counties to pass a 1-cent sales-tax increase to pay for school capital projects, the bill aims to provide property-tax relief and tax equity statewide.

 
Bettendorf Fire Department Gets Truck, No New Firefighters PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Tuesday, 20 March 2001 18:00
• The Bettendorf City Council recently approved a budget that includes purchase of a new $600,000 fire truck but doesn’t include any money for new personnel. This is despite an $85,000 study last year that recommended adding at least four paid firefighters and a captain to the department, which currently has 37 volunteers and 18 paid members.

 
Another Pathetic Voter Turnout PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Tuesday, 13 March 2001 18:00
• A mere 10,562 of the 63,236 regis- tered voters in Davenport (17 percent) bothered to vote in last week’s election. Davenport residents had more at stake in the election than other Scott County residents, as they got to winnow down the list of candidates for alderman-at-large in a primary, as well as choose a sheriff.

 
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