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 Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.