Statement by Senator Rich Taylor on decision by Lee County Supervisors to hold referendum on new County CourthouseWritten by Theresa Rose on August 11, 2016
Senator Taylor: Referendum on new courthouse puts decision in the hands of Lee County taxpayers
‘This is the true meaning of local control’
“The decision by the Lee County Board of Supervisors to hold a referendum on whether to build a new courthouse puts the decision where it belongs: In the hands of the people of Lee County. This is the true meaning of local control.
“Now it’s the responsibility of the Board of Supervisors to answer questions from Lee County residents, including:
- How much will property taxes increase for the average Lee County taxpayers if the $8.8 million bond referendum is approved by 60 percent of the voters?
- How will county services be delivered to residents across the county if a new courthouse is built?
- Is there a plan for continuing, reducing or discontinuing services at the current courthouses in Fort Madison and Keokuk if a new courthouse is built?
- If the courthouses in Fort Madison and Keokuk are closed, what does the county plan to do with those facilities?”