Voters set county straight

March 31, 2014 

Well, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern got it handed to him. Thank God this is still a government where we the people have a voice. County voters spoke with aloud roar. They rejected overwhelmingly theeleventh hour move by the County Board on Dec. 23 to place the sales tax proposal on the March 18 ballot. I guess one could say it was a Christmas present that got returned.

Kern offended the voters' intelligence with theshabby scare tactics. The mailers stated that they were sent by Citizens for Public Safety, and did not state it was for a sales tax increase. All the mailers were mailed when it was too late to recall them.

State's Attorney Brendan Kelly did send a letter to Citizens for Public Safety informing the committee that it was in violation of Illinois election law. This was like closing the gate after the cows got out.

People, these are lawyers who should know the law, or did they just choose to ignore it?

We need improvements to be made at the jail, that is the truth. Why not try to be open and transparent? Citizens will respond favorably when they are allowed to participate.

The county has the money to do the work, it's a matter of prioritizing the funds. Train station in East St. Louis; really.

William H. Bremen Sr.

Belleville

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