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This editorial is a last minute, last ditch effort to encourage you to vote YES in the courthouse repair referendum.

There are two things that I want to address: 1) that most tax referendums usually get voted down and 2) other possible motivations we might have for voting NO.

1) Looking back over the past referendums to do such things as build the Lincoln rural fire station, build two new schools, etc, these requests for a raise costs and taxes are often voted down numerous times even though the projects were valuable to the community. This referendum is very valuable to this community. If we delay the repairs by voting NO, then greater damages to the Logan County Courthouse will occur and that will result in higher costs, and possible loss of the whole structure over time. If we vote NO thinking maybe we want to replace this historical courthouse, every other measure will be more expensive, less attractive, and a loss of historicity than repairing and upgrading this existing courthouse.

If your NO vote is to keep from having higher taxes, you are only delaying. This cost will come sooner or later. And this sales tax is very reasonable: a fifty cent tax on a hundred dollar purchase, and the tax on groceries and medications will not be raised. This is not affecting your property taxes. This sales tax has a sundown clause, meaning it is not forever. And if we do it right away, it will be effective, save and improve our courthouse, and prevent disaster!

Not to do it now would be like having the roof of your own house ready to cave in and destroy your home when you can afford to fix it and avoid disaster. How long would it be wise to wait? This courthouse is OUR COURTHOUSE, and we need to avoid further procrastination.

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2) There have been some public discussions and anger expressed about the irresponsible behavior of past administrations for procrastinating and overlooking these repair issues and not taking care of them sooner. The courthouse has been deteriorating for many years, and the problems were not addressed by previous county boards. That is indeed negligence, and poor government, and the public was not served in this lack of decisive action. Your anger is appropriate and deserved!

This responsibility now falls on this county board and on our shoulders. If we vent that frustration and anger about past inaction by casting a vote against this referendum, we become the negligent ones, the ones who fail to do the right thing in the right time.

Tuesday I will cast my vote in favor of this referendum. And so I encourage you, I implore you, vote YES Tuesday on the Courthouse Referendum and together we will save OUR COURTHOUSE!

[Jim Youngquist, publisher LDN]

[Posted March 16, 2020]



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