An important bond referendum in Johnson County for a justice center is on the ballot this November. I was initially skeptical of building the center. We have had several examples of questionable public spending here in recent years.
But I believe providing a system of justice and adequately funding law enforcement is of fundamental importance. Why not judge a bond referendum on its merits?
After talking with people close to the situation at the courthouse and jail, and having reviewed inadequacies of our current facilities, I’m convinced that now is the time to make improvements.
I understand that economic recovery is painstakingly slow. But consider all the public buildings and projects completed across the nation during the Great Depression of the 1930s, many of which are still in use today. To be paralyzed by fear won’t improve the economy.
A justice center is a real need. Not just a want.
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