CLINTON — The Clinton County Board of Supervisors will continue its support of a yearly agreement that puts a lobbyist at the statehouse in Des Moines on behalf of local government and economic entities.
Earlier in the year, six bodies – Clinton County, the cities of Clinton, Camanche and DeWitt, the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Clinton Regional Development Corp. – adopted an agreement authorizing Advocacy Strategies LLC President and CEO Threase Harms to lobby in Des Moines on behalf of the group’s interests.
This week the county Supervisors, by a 2-1 vote, expressed their willingness to participate in a similar agreement again, should interest be mutual with the other partners.
“I do think they’ve done a pretty good job,” Supervisor Dan Srp said. “We get lots of updates about the current topics and have an opportunity to weigh in, and we want to have that represented.”
The Supervisors agreed that many of the same topics that were important during the last legislative session are still at the top of their priority list, including the state of the hotel/motel tax debate, mental health issues, backfill dollars and transportation needs in the area.
Supervisor Shawn Hamerlinck was the dissenting vote, stating that he didn’t necessarily feel the return-on-investment was large enough to merit participation for another year. The project cost the six-entity group a total of $15,000, with $5,500 of that coming from the county.
Supervisor Tom Determann says the rewards for participation will begin to show themselves in the near future.
“I think the corroboration amongst the cities and the county is huge,” Determann said. “That, to my point, is well worth it for us to all be looking out for each other... everyone thinks that it went pretty well. I think everyone is agreeing to it for another year.”