If any of us, as individuals, went to a financial institution to ask for money to build a house, the first question from the bank would be how much and where. The bank's concern being, is the expenditure worth the investment and can we keep an eye on this?
If an individual went into that same bank and asked for an exorbitant amount of money for a project he would not divulge, the banker would laugh him out of the lobby.
The Rock Island County Board, under the pretext of the ad hoc committee and the Public Building Commission, is coming to the Rock Island County taxpayer, to ask for a BLANK CHECK to fund ANY future project, without any further input from the taxpayers of Rock Island County.
Our courthouse was judged unfit in 1992. And, finally, after 21 years, we are FORCED to do something about it? They want new buildings, but they don't seem to be able to maintain the buildings in adequate condition to conduct county business.
So they are asking us for a whole set of new buildings to be irresponsible with?
Vote "no" on the question of giving the Rock Island County Public Building Commission all the powers as provided by the law. Don't vote away your right to know how Rock island County spends capital funds at your expense!
Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery. 1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.