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".