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Thursday, May 21, 2009

24-Hour Dorman: Re-think the bonds

Excerpted from this post at 24-Hour Dorman

State lawmakers can hand out power, but not the instincts to use it
wisely. An example: Last month, legislators gave local governments in
disaster areas the power to issue bonds without asking voters'
permission. This week, the Linn County Board of Supervisors left the
impression it lacks the instincts to use this power wisely. The board
proposes floating $9.5 million in bonds to expand and remodel the
county’s Administrative Office Building. That's over and above the
$2.2 million in flood damage the Federal Emergency Management Agency
will pay to fix it. The $9.5 million will cover, among other things,
the addition of a new top floor. This lofty perch will house offices,
including new digs for each supervisor.

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