Letter: To fix Hope Creek, RICO problems, vote Republican

Posted Online: April 24, 2014, 11:00 pm
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The Rock Island County Board voted 22-1 to put a referendum on the November ballot asking for a tax increase to bail out Hope Creek Care Center

One board member said, "We have done our job, we are giving the voters a chance to vote on it." Earlier this year, board member Drue Mielke offered the opportunity to give voters a chance to vote with a non-binding question on the April ballot, and the committee shot it down like he was the enemy.

It seems to me that, if they had been good stewards of county funds and didn't spend more than they took in, we wouldn't be in this situation. That's what the rest of us do.

They presented a flurry of numbers and assumptions, identified as a five-year projection, to substantiate a proposed tax increase referred to as "only 13 cents a day." The increase would generate $12 million-$15 million over the next four years. It would then "sunset!" If you feel good about that, check your state income tax that is supposed to sunset this year.

A board member was asked, "So it looks like even if this tax is implemented by 2019, after several million dollars of additional taxes, Hope Creek will be in the same financial position it is now."

The moderator replied, "Yes."

The board has not done its job. The very best thing voters can do this November is cast their vote to end the over 40 years of one-party rule which has gotten us into this situation. Vote for Republican replacements. Give them an opportunity to show what they can do.

Bill Long,
Rock Island


Local events heading

  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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