To the editor,
The special election on Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Dallas County is the fourth attempt of the County administration to force a $16.8 million bond referendum for a new law enforcement facility, somewhere between Adel and Waukee, but the location is not specified.
It’s interesting that this time around, disguised as “saving money,” the voting locations have been reduced to 10 out of the normal 34 precincts. And even more interesting is that the rural residents of western Dallas County and northeast Dallas County do not have local polling precincts but have to drive at least 10 miles, when the residents of Waukee have two voting locations within blocks of each other. Are you suppressing the “No” votes of your rural citizens, Dallas County Board of Supervisors? You spend $20,000 on “marketing materials” but you can’t have more polling places?
I empathize that the county is in trouble with lack of space. However, this is what you get when people vote Republican for all three Supervisors, as well as the Sheriff, in every election since 2005: lack of vision, lack of planning and an aversion to raising taxes over time for future growth and expansion. Now the citizens of Dallas County are thrust into crisis mode and need to cough up money immediately? Why should the citizens of Dallas County pay for a jail when our own governor won’t fund our children’s schools?
It’s not only time for new blood on the Dallas County Board of Supervisors, but the number of board members needs to be increased to five, with representation evenly distributed throughout the county, not just manipulated by the urban cities in the southeastern part of the county.
Jeanette Myers Bodermann, Granger