As a past Rock Island County Board member, I conducted annual inspections of the county courthouse, and in two years of public service, I agree that the courthouse needs attention.
However with no real plan, this referendum is irresponsible, unwise, and definitely not the answer. On Tuesday, Rock Island County voters will decide if they are willing to relinquish responsibility of issuing bonds to build all future county buildings. Voters beware! Voting "yes" gives the five-member building commission, along with the county board, complete power to approve any plan they choose forever. All costs will subsequently be paid for by the taxpayers.
At last week's town hall meeting, the county board chairman said if the voters do not like the plan, they should not reelect their board member. Sadly, by that time, the damage will have been done.
Two years ago, the board had the chance to reduce its size, but refused, stating members were in touch with the voters. Last November, 72 percent of the voters disagreed with the board and voted to reduce the board from 25 to 15.
Do you believe the county board is looking to represent the people of Rock Island County or personal interests? Who will benefit by handing over a blank check to the county board?It most certainly will not be the taxpayers who will have to pay the bills! My vote on Tuesday shall be "NO" to any blank check.
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.