Karrie would replace 24 year incumbent who was both County Board Chairperson and Health and Environment Chairperson back in the late 1999-2000 when we could have remodeled BelWood for $9 million including interest. Now the cost has risen to $54+ million; approximately $70+ million with interest. Cost may go higher as the new location is as yet undecided. Possible demolition and site preparation oost may add millions.
Plus we would still have the then empty old BelWood costs to contend with.
We didn't have the cash on hand in 1999 and we sure don't today. Karrie would take a close look at what we are doing rather than follow the herd.
Yet the census has shrunk from the projected 275 to 219 actual as of last week. Karrie's incumbent opponent has voted for every dollar the county spend in the last 10 years I have been on the board including the $3,750,000+ suspect lead abatement program, a Committee she chairs. She voting yes for #190,000 of new signage for the courthouse during this depression. Even three Republicans voted yes but thinking heads voted no and the measure lost by a 9-8 vote. Democrat Mike Phelan and I led the opposition.
Karrie's opponent also voted for the ill-disguised effort to unionize all the county asphalt pavers. Karrie was adamantly opposed and made her position widely known at the board meeting she attended.
Karrie would have been an adamant "no" on both these issues.
Jim Fennell, a successful businessman from Chillicothe and Paul Rosenbohm, the very successful composter and amall dairy farmer from Limestone Township, are highly recommended. Fennell would replace the retiring Bill Prather and Rosenbohm would replace the Democrat appointed to fill the position of Pat Hidden who went to an untimely death. Pat was a friend of mine and even though she was a Democrat, she carefully weighed her vote.
If you can't vote for these 3 candidates, please call your friend who live in their districts as this a most important Peoria County Board election.
Thank you for reading me.