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


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Originally Posted Online: April 02, 2013, 2:42 pm
Last Updated: April 02, 2013, 3:03 pm
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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

















 



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