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How hard is it?

By Marcus Fedler | Oct 25, 2012

October 16, 2012

Washington, Iowa


To the Editor:

Our county taxes and fees increased 25.5 percent over the last four years. This doesn’t include the $8 million in borrowed money for gravel or the potential for $1.8 million more for a lagoon in Richmond. Meanwhile, sources show our median income declining.

We’ve got issues that need resolutions and I’d agree. When problems come up and the department heads think more money is needed, the vote by supervisors is RAISE TAXES! When a debilitated road system comes up, the vote by supervisors is BORROW MONEY! When human waste is found at a couple septic systems, the vote from supervisors is BUILD A LAGOON! What are we paying all this with? More TAXES and BORROWED MONEY! How hard is that?

Adam Mangold voted for all of the above. He considers himself the “decider” for zoning. While campaigning, he WAS undecided. In January before the March 3, 2010, vote, he said, “I know you still don’t believe me but I REALLY haven’t made up my mind on my decision.” The day he voted YES, before reading a written statement, he said that up until that morning he didn’t know how he was going to vote. Then at the candidate’s forum in Kalona, he convincingly stated that he and his closest opponent were always FOR zoning and we voted him into office, so he doesn’t understand why we’re upset now. So why rewrite history?

After years of exhaustively researching the lagoon issue, Adam was surprised to find there was an on-site solution for the few that were out of compliance. Of course that’s the cheapest alternative, but he now says the lagoon is the cheapest alternative and justifies it with inflated septic tank pricing, disregarding that a septic tank will be paid off, but maintenance to a lagoon system with lift stations is ongoing … forever.

We are not just “angry people,” as Adam puts it. He says that the public needs to be educated. What he means to say is, we need to see it his way. As outlined above, we certainly are not fighting our servant representatives over a single issue. It’s not hard to take more from the people to fix problems. We already pay enough for unnecessary government programs. It’s time we send a message. The supervisors vote throughout their term on issues we pay for; on Nov. 6 it’s our turn.


Marcus Fedler

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