Polk County voters handily defeated the Courthouse referendum last Tuesday.
What does the vote say?
Although we here at TRS supported the Courthouse imitative we figured we were on the losing side. After being swindled by the Democrats on the Event Center and the new jail, Polk County voters, like their counterparts all over the country, are showing an unwillingness to countenance further borrow, tax and spend projects.
The problem with which we are left, however, is the need for things like courthouses and jails continues notwithstanding public skepticism.
So what’s the answer?
Maybe reprioritize our existing spending to pay for the essential functions of government first? C’mon Iowa, let’s give that a try.
The Courthouse serves everyone in Polk County. Most of the municipal money spent in Polk County doesn’t. Most of the money we spend benefits only small subparts of the County population. Let’s dedicate say, Prairie Meadows money, to the cost of a new Courthouse. If that doesn’t work, any County money spent on job training can get thrown into the project. After all our unemployment rate is below 2% here in Polk County. ........... and so on.
What the Courthouse vote really teaches is that the tipping point where government can no longer deliver its essential function is rushing upon us.
Republicans have an excellent opportunity to educate the public about the poverty of liberalism. Will we take it?