Letter: RICO hasn't done homework, vote no on the referendum


Share
Originally Posted Online: April 02, 2013, 2:42 pm
Last Updated: April 02, 2013, 3:03 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
A murky-turkey proposition on the ballot for Rock Island County voters is the "single-member districts" proposition.

Obscure wording will lead each voter to interpret this proposition differently and however the vote adds up, it will signify nothing. Happily, the proposition is considered only advisory but clarity could perhaps have resulted in gathering useful information.

More importantly, most of us would agree that the county courthouse needs renovation/replacement and that the county office building is not up to snuff. Now some say:

Vote for the Public Building Commission proposition on the April 9 ballot. This will give the county board an unhindered funding source to renovate/replace/construct not only the courthouse but any county building they choose. We don't know what building projects may be decided upon but many millions of tax dollars will be needed. Provide this funding channel now or they will be sued for their inaction over the past 20 years in maintaining the courthouse.

However, the county board has not completed its homework on this issue. Before taxpayers open their wallets for funding any major facilities projects, the board must first assess the county's facilities needs, develop rational alternatives and recommend specific courses of action.

Importantly, transparency during this process and informing taxpayers/voters about alternative paths, costs and benefits is vital. The board has yet to do due diligence in this matter, therefore, sensible taxpayers will vote "NO" on the Public Building Commission referendum Tuesday.

Dan Budde,
Milan

















 



Local events heading








  Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




(More History)