Letter:Question Tuesday is: Do you want to save 25 percent?

Posted Online: April 06, 2013, 11:00 pm
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First, I want to commend the Rock Island County Board for operating in such an open, public and transparent way. Their task force and the public hearings about the referendum have directed a lot of sunshine and facts on the tough issues at hand.

What I've learned is that voters have a clear choice to make: Will they vote to save taxpayers up to 25 percent? That is the issue with the ballot question about whether to expand the authority of the county Public Building Commission.

A "yes" vote is a vote in favor of saving 25 percent of the cost of building a new courthouse. A "no" vote will add 25 percent more to the bill for taxpayers to pay.

More than that, an expanded PBC will allow the county to maintain and improve county buildings using sound business practices that reflect good government. Utility savings, energy efficiencies, lower financing interest rates -- all will occur if a "yes" vote prevails on Tuesday.

That's what this question is about: Do you want to save up to 25 percent? Do you want cost savings and energy efficiencies and lower interest rates built into the new courthouse? Do you want to save tax dollars while building a new courthouse that protects the rights of abuse victims seeking justice?

The "no" voters are trying to tell you that this is a blank check. But the more you learn about this issue, the more they look like big spenders.

Taxpayers, here is your choice: If you want to spend more, vote "no" and if you want to spend less vote "yes".

Brian Atkins,
Rock Island


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  Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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