District 6 candidates split on county board size


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Originally Posted Online: Sept. 29, 2012, 9:33 pm
Last Updated: Oct. 01, 2012, 12:25 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com

Name: Michael Zeitler

Party: Republican

Address: 355 19th Avenue Court, East Moline

Age: 20

Education: Associates Degree at Black Hawk College, currently majoring in Secondary Education at Augustana College

Occupation: Full-time student at Augustana College

Previously Elective Office: None

Which approach to modernizing county offices do you support: Consolidation at the

Quad Cities Industrial Center, new construction or some other plan?



Action must be taken with county facilities because they are not up to ADA standards. However, the county requires more time, information and alternatives before being able to decide on the best proposal for the county offices. I would like more time to consider the options as well.

Should the county hire a professional administrator to oversee day to day operations?

The county should only support the hiring of an administrator if the salary of the county board chairman is reduced to a small bonus. We can then use some of these savings to hire an administrator with the skills and experience to improve county government.

Do you support reducing the size of the county board?

I support reducing the current size of the county board, as it would save taxpayers a vast amount of money. I also support per-diem payment for county board members based on attendance of meetings over an unconditional salary.

What are your goals generally for the county, if you're elected?

My goal is to bring fiscal responsibility and small, responsible government to the county. I look to remove wasteful spending and promote transparency in county government and make all information and government officials more visible to our constituents.

Name: Don Jacobs

Party: Democrat

Address: 405 24th Ave., East Moline

Age: 80

Education:175 hours of continued education

Occupation: Retired

Previous elected office: East Moline Alderman, Rock Island County Auditor

Which approach to modernizing county offices do you support: Consolidation at the

Quad Cities Industrial Center, new construction or some other plan?


I don't think this is the time to plan anything until we know how much the state is going to take away from us. They have already taken our inheritiance revenue and there's talk about reducing our replacement revenue.

Should the county hire a professional administrator to oversee day to day operations?

No. There would be no savings for the taxpayer. Scott County for their 2013 budget is asking for $495,000 for the administrator, budget director and three assistants, plus $313,000 for five county board members for a total of $808,000. The Rock Island County Exeuctive Assistant's salary is $59,998 and salaries for the 25 county board members, including the chairman's salary, is $339,998.

Do you support reducing the size of the county board?

No. State statutes do not allow any change until 2022. Now that the referendum on the size of the county board is on the ballot, the voters can give their opinion. I'm sure the board will take the public's vote under consideration the next time they decide the size of the board.

What are your goals generally for the county, if you're elected?

Economic development is important, but being a long and narrow county along the river is a problem with all the land we have in the flood plain. The problem with the court house must be on the top of the list. Until we find out how much the state is going to take away from us, there's little we can do.



















 




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