The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

February 28, 2014

Focus on the future, not on individual needs

Some day in the future, I would like to think this time of year will include a bit more positivity.

For the last few years, budget planning for the next fiscal year in the Gateway area hasn’t generated the pats on the back or the warm feelings that most cities strive to see.

The Clinton School District is cutting positions, the city of Clinton is ceasing operations at the Lyons branch of the Clinton Public Library and Camanche officials are using reserve funds to piece together a final budget that featured a $110,000 deficit.

With a steadily decreasing population and an aging demographic, area leaders are searching for answers on how to reverse the trends from the past decades.

Budget discussions are not for the faint of heart. These decisions affect everyone, not just the employees that may see pay decreases, increased workloads or lose jobs.

To make sure our area is prepared for the future, the decision-makers, department heads and residents should have a common goal. We should all be concerned with making this area the best it can be, and not focus on what’s best for each individual’s interests.

City of Clinton residents received a cut in property taxes after some City Council members were determined to reduce fees. New council members cited voters’ displeasure with rising fees, so they cut the average tax-asking by an average of $13.27 per year for citizens.

Some have scoffed at that savings as miniscule. But residents are ready for a change. Clinton residents pay high taxes. Whether it’s on our property, sewers or water (which isn’t levied by the city of Clinton), we have to pay high prices.

Most residents will take any cut they can get.

Just ask Clinton School District Superintendent Deb Olson about the decreasing population in Clinton. The district’s enrollment has dwindled during the years, directly affecting how much money the district receives. There are a few factors for declining enrollment, but a major factor is the lack of student-age children.

Text Only
Opinion
  • Off and on the record Let us now praise anonymous sources.The new White House press secretary got into a familiar old spat with the White House press corps the other day over the use of anonymous sources.Josh Earnest — has there ever been a more perfectly named White Hous

    July 25, 2014

  • Be more informed

    Blame the city.That is a favorite pastime of many, including me at times. Driving over that pesky pothole or paying that annual property tax bill can lead to some choice words referencing the city. Nobody takes the brunt of being the scapegoat more t

    July 25, 2014

  • CCC thanks community, collaborators for successful movie night Clinton Community College would like to thank those who participated in the free outdoor movie showing of “Captain America – Winter Soldier” on the evening of Friday, July 18.We are grateful to have such wonderful community collaborators in the Erick

    July 25, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Todd Akin's back again to talk of rape So, Todd Akin is back and he’s talking rape again.You remember what happened last time. The would-be Missouri senator torpedoed his campaign two years ago after suggesting in a TV interview that if a woman is a victim of “legitimate rape,” she is unl

    July 22, 2014

  • Sadness remains as two-year mark passes in cousins' case As most citizens of the Cedar Valley are well aware, July 13 marked two years since the disappearance of cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey of Evansdale.The passage of time provides some semblance of healing, but the sadness, particul

    July 22, 2014

  • UI needs to keep its admission standards high There’s been a lot of talk lately — most of it coming from the leadership of the Iowa state Board of Regents — about the University of Iowa not being passionate enough about its recruitment of in-state undergraduates. Regent president Bruce Rastetter

    July 21, 2014

  • Vote fraud myths meet voting rights reality Before she was allowed to register and vote for the first time in Franklin County, North Carolina, Rosanell Eaton had to read the entire preamble to the U.S. Constitution out loud in front of three men in the county courthouse.Eaton is black. The thr

    July 21, 2014 1 Story

  • 7-21-14 David Helscher mug Prepare for possible effects of Fed's decisions It has been more than 5 years since the Federal Reserve has taken unprecedented steps to support the economy through purchases of Treasury and mortgage-backed debt securities. This has generally been called quantitative easing and has not been withou

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

With the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission and the Clinton County Board of Supervisors discussing proposals to construct a new jail, do you think the time has come for Clinton County to construct such a facility?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook