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County Board to Receive Downsizing Update

The Rock Island County Board will get an update from the Attorney General’s Office Tuesday, March 17, 2015 on whether they can downsize. On Monday, March ...

The Rock Island County Board will get an update from the Attorney General's Office Tuesday, March 17, 2015 on whether they can downsize.

On Monday, March 9, 2015, the Governmental Affairs Committee failed to move the proposed referendum forward. The committee was considering changing the county board members to being represented by multi-member districts instead of single members ones, like they are now.

Residents say a smaller board would help the county run better and be more cost efficient. Others say, it'd be irresponsible to downsize the county board now, with just five years until the 2020 census. It'd cost about $60,000 to change the representation to multi-member districts. After the census, board members can reduce the size of the county board, without having to switch to multi-member districts.

"The county is not in a position to waste taxpayer money," board member Richard Brunk said Tuesday, March 10, 2015. "Even if we were, it wouldn't be responsible."

Back in 2012, more than 70 percent of voters approved downsizing the County Board, but the referendum was non-binding, so board members never followed through on the results.