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Friday, December 05, 2008

Coralville Courier: County supervisors want to spend $18,000 on another survey

Excerpted from this post at Coralville Courier

According to an article in the Daily Iowan, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors is considering hiring a firm to conduct a public opinion survey for the proposed Justice Center. The estimated cost of the survey is $18,000 and would take roughly six weeks to complete. ... Apparently there are no funds set aside for this, but Supervisors may take budget money away from the jail alternatives budget or the sheriff's account. ... One has to wonder if either of those two - the jail alternatives or the Sheriff's accounts - were projected to have an $18,000 surplus at year's end (fiscal year)? Is there that much discretionary spending or are we talking putting off equipment buys and/or delaying service needs? And here's a thought: Shouldn't county supervisors already know what the sentiment of the public is on this issue? Isn't it a Supervisor's job to know?

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