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


Local events heading

  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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