The "competent" Peoria City Council possibly bankrupting us in the next few years, has decided to put a RAB out north where the wealthy are moving. Council members say this round-a-bout will save time and fuel for their SUV's. I say that the repair of washboard streets in Peoria would save a lot more wear and tear on vehicles than one multi-million dollar RAB will save on these Lexus, Mercedes, Cadillac and Lincoln SUV's. No, I'm not jealous, my 2004 Lincoln Town car is the best riding car on the road today.
I've driven over 1,600,000 miles in my lifetime ans seldom have I seen a RAB. RAB"s are more accident prone than more conventional "stop and go" now abetted by yellow 'flashing' left turn signals in use in some cities for 20 years. Even then, they (we) are paying some Bradley professors $160,000 to 'study' the effectiveness of these common sense time and gas saving 'flashing' signals.
And now the Peoria County Board, flush with money when I retired from the board in 2010, is looking at a $2 million, probably more, deficit,as BelWood expenses are exceeding the $3,000,000 they already collect from property tax payers. BW revenues are up but expenses are rising faster than revenues according to Peoria County financial records. Our former County Administrator says that the new BW will actually operate a a break even status, minus the $3+ million collected from property owners.
We will see what the state does with Medicade (spelled by some intellects both ways) and how many more elders opt for home care, a growing industry even for those with AZ.
When the new BW has it's first open house to "ahs and ohs" remember that this opulent home is a "safety net" for the poor and indigent"