Letter: Does RICO board merit your trust? Vote no April 9


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Posted Online: March 25, 2013, 3:05 pm
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I'm aware of the abysmal working conditions at the courthouse and we all sympathize with the judges.

I believe, however, that it is injudicious to vote for the April 9 referendum because the question is not designed to favor a specific plan for a new courthouse but to expand the authority of the Rock Island County Board at the expense of the taxpayers' right to have a say in not just this one, but future multimillion dollar building projects

The original intent of the referendum clause in the 1954 Building Commission Act was to promote discussion and build a consensus for a large, specific public works project.

The majority of the county board think otherwise. They see the referendum clause as an obstacle to what they want to do. If not, they wouldn't have encouraged our state representative to remove it from the act nor designed this referendum to expand their authority rather than to approve a specific plan.

Now, considering the fact that they've failed to properly maintain the courthouse, they seriously considered moving it to the old International Harvester complex and don't seem to have consulted the mayor of Rock Island on their current plans, I ask you whether the board has merited our trust?

If your answer is a resounding no to this question, it only makes sense to vote no in the referendum.

Mark Lioen,
Rock Island

















 



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