Letter: Better to be safe than fast, vote no on RICO question


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Posted Online: April 06, 2013, 11:00 pm
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For more than 20 years the county board has known of the deterioration of the courthouse and the limitation of the building commission. The threat of legal action was needed to get the board to take action.

Suddenly this is a crisis that must be acted on in an emergent manner. Between the election in November and Jan. 17th, the board decided the status of the courthouse and county office building must be addressed, all of the alternatives were studied, and voted that the only solution was to expand authority of the building commission to finance whatever the board wants to do. The voters are thus denied voting on the final financial package.

The board also knew that voting on the expansion of the building commission could not be placed on the ballot until March of 2014. In a year, renovation or replacement could be examined and a plan proposed.
Better to be right than fast even though interest rates might be slightly higher. The county board has been commended for being frugal to a fault in not addressing this before. Others think dishonest, deceitful and incompetent might better explain their action.

Reasonable judges would not sue the county if they knew a process is in place to develop the best plan for all. If you trust the county board to do what is in the best interest financially for the citizens of the county, vote yes on the proposal. If you do not trust the board, vote NO.

Richard L Phillis, MD,
Milan















 



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