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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  Today is Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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