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Either way, the Scott County Board of Supervisors - whether Republican or Democrat, have not been supervising.
Property Taxes 2000 – $19.3M 2009 – $34.0M 10 Year Change
How SECC911 Was Justified:
1 Will save taxpayers $4.6M over 20 yrs 1 Will increase service 1 Will be a $2.16M 6000 sf building 1 With 55 Existing dispatchers 1 Purchase 600-700 new radios 1 Taxes up 53 cents per $1000 valuation
Expenditures Population 2000 – $42.7M 2000 – 158,668 2009 – $68.1M 2009 – 166,650 10 Year Change 10 Year Change
But, What Really Happened . . .
No Savings and 19.8% Increase in Your Property Taxes:
For 10+ Years, SCBS: 6 Avoided Scrutiny 6 Surrendered Authority 6 Grew Government
For 4 Years, IFA Will: 4 Advocate Scrutiny 4 Protect Taxpayers 4 Shrink Government
2 Taxpayers owe $28M in debt
2 Ongoing annual $8M expenses 2 Cost $10.125 Million for 27,500 sf facility 2 Nearly 70 staffers 2 Purchased 1413 new radios 2 Unanswered questions of serviceability 2 Taxes up 90 cents per $1000 valuation
It’s Time For a New Team.
SCBS: Scott County Board of Supervisors | IFA: Iowans For Accountability SECC911: Scott County Emergency Communications Center.
Online: IFA’s 12 Steps To Fiscal Sobriety, Transparency & Accountability for Scott County, Iowa; Plus: Profiles, Videos, Research, Blogging, Sign Up for E-Alerts & More.
12 Steps to Fiscal Sobriety, Transparency and Accountability For Scott County, Iowa
1) Work to reduce expenditures with zero based budgeting processes. 2) Ensure that any proposed tax increases by SECC911 do not bypass Board review and have wide public awareness and input. 3) Listen to front line responders who have to use the costly new radios ($5,500 each vs $200 each with current gear) and pursue remedies. 4) More oversight into construction and bidding to avoid costly mistakes. 5) Ensure the SCBS new 28E, and all extra Commissions, Boards, Agencies and Authorities the County is responsible for fnancially, is transparent and accountable to the taxpayers. 6) User friendly records (minutes, agendas, board packets) posted at County website, that are dynamically searchable, not scanned PDF’s with non-relevant labeling. 7) Webcast all public meetings, and archive videos for playback at County website.
If we can spend $160K with an out of state firm, on an energy audit we don’t need, we can certainly implement low cost modern day communication measures.
8) Implement Public With Business for Agenda Items at Board Meetings 9) Expand the people’s participation with increased publicity of meetings and issues 10) Near real time posting of expenses and payments made, in easy to read and search website.
11) Publish the full scope of bidding documents in real time and archive all documented negotiations, contracts and transactions.
12) Ensure all extra Commissions, Boards, Agencies and Authorities the County participates in and is responsible for financially, has IFA representation and SCBS veto authority via majority of County Supervisor seats.
County just approved $2M of expenses to be paid, last Thursday. Who were those checks written to?
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It’s Time For a New Team.
Online: SECC911 Then & Now, 10 Years of Taxes, Expenditures and Population Stats, Plus: Profiles, Videos, Research, Blogging, Sign Up for E-Alerts & More.