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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.