The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

August 30, 2013

LEVINE: Be ready for upcoming elections

The next few months will be a busy time for area voters.

School board elections will be Sept. 10, and for Clinton voters there are six candidates to choose from to fill four seats.

Then, in November, voters will return to the polls for an off-year election, but instead of electing a man or a woman who works in Washington, D.C., or Des Moines, representatives who affect almost every single aspect of your daily life will be on the Clinton City Council ballot.

If you’re a regular reader of my column, you already know my thoughts about local elections. The turnouts are usually awful, which is discouraging.

These people watch over our community, whether it be to improve schools, better our neighborhoods or reach into our pocketbooks.

If you want something done about your street, don’t bother President Barack Obama with your request. Sure, there’s federal money available for city projects, but our local representatives are the ones who make the decision of taking that money and then figuring out a way to match it.

The Herald covered Wednesday’s Clinton School Board candidate forum, and biographies of each candidate from Clinton, Camanche and Northeast will be featured Sept. 3. The information is and will continue to be available. Now, it’s up to you to use that and get out and vote.

Once the school board’s election closes, the City Council election will not only feature selecting representatives, but also will include a measure that will deal directly with every homeowners’ wallet.

The two ballot measures will deal with a common problem in this city — funding sewer work.

This time the work is for $23 million worth of repairs in fiscal years 2018 to 2025. The first measure asks voters to grant the city permission to reallocate the 50 percent portion of the Local Option Sales Tax that is used for property tax abatement to streets and sewer work.

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