I generally try to stay away from politics on this blog but there is an important vote on November 5th regarding Measure A: The Polk County Public Safety Judicial System Bond. I encourage you to vote ‘Yes" for this measure.
Our Polk County Courthouse has been in use for over 100 years. While it is an architectural gem it is also badly in need of updating. Most importantly, it is not adequately designed for security and safety needs. Violent criminals often roam the same halls with the public including jurors and children. Also, there are numerous courtrooms crowded into the facility that were not designed for that purpose. Polk County is the busiest courthouse in the state. It was originally designed for just four courtrooms but now houses over 20 courtrooms in an effort to meet the needs of the public.
The old adage is that you can pay now or pay later. If we don’t pass this measure the costs will be substantially higher down the road. At some point in the near future you can be assured that the courthouse will be overhauled or perhaps a new one built. We cannot avoid that fact much longer. It is an absolute necessity. A smarter approach would be to approve the measure now. The cost is approximately $1.50 per month for the average homeowner. It is a small price to pay to ensure fairness and to keep our families safe.
Again, please vote ‘Yes’ on this important measure.