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 Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.

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