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The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce enjoys strong working partnerships with our elected officials at the local, state and federal levels. We look to our elected leaders to advance public policy that supports a competitive business climate; a skilled workforce; modern infrastructure and transportation systems; and quality of place initiatives as outlined in the Chamber Public Policy Platform.

The Quad Cities Chamber sent surveys to each of the 7 candidates for Scott County Board of Supervisors. The results of that survey can be found here.  While the Quad Cities Chamber does not endorse candidates for office, we believe it’s important for Chamber members to understand where candidates stand on issues of importance to the business community.

The primary election takes place on Tuesday, June 5th. There are four Democratic candidates running, which will be reduced to three after the primary. There are three Republican candidates; all will advance to the general election. The top three vote-getters will be elected to the Scott County Board of Supervisors on November 6th, for four-year terms commencing January 2019.

To view the primary ballots or access other information about the June 5 or November 6 elections, visit the Scott County Auditor’s site.

KEN CROKEN, Davenport (D)

BIOGRAPHY: Please provide a brief bio that describes your background and the particular skills you would bring to the County Board of Supervisors.

I’ve held executive/leadership positions at Genesis Health System, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, IBM Corporation and, now, TAG Communications. So, I understand how large organizations succeed. I’ve overseen large business development budgets, including Fujifilm N.A, and Save the Children Federation. And as a result, I know how to grow “mind share” and market share. 

I’ve also managed both internal and external communications for large and diverse organizations across different industries relying on skills honed over 40 years. In fact, my innovative and results-driven communications, marketing and sales programs have been recognized nationally. 

I also am an attorney with considerable background in public policy and decades of regulatory and legislative advocacy experience in Washington, D.C. and many state capitols, including Des Moines. In short, I will bring to the Board the “know-how” required to improve accountability, communication and transparency. But, “skills” alone are not enough. I also bring commitment to the future growth and prosperity of our community. And, my record of public service underscores that claim. For example, as a long-serving leader of the Downtown Davenport Partnership: I’ve played an active role in the renaissance of our city center. And, as chairman of the Davenport Library Board; I have increased access to on-line training and employment opportunities. I also have demonstrated collaborative leadership as chairman of our annual “Red, White & Boom!” Independence Day celebration. And, I have been a leader in workforce and public health innovation with cost-effective programs, such as the FluFreeQC vaccination program, Scott County Mental Health Court and the QC Health Initiative, among others.

Are there areas of the County budget today – or on the horizon - that cause you particular concern? 

Yes. However, my concern for the county budget is not focused (so much) on the amount, but rather on priorities, approach and return on investment. Here’s a few examples: PRIORITIES: Current population demographic trends and slow economic development remain cause for concern and require sharper focus. The County has not communicated a comprehensive growth strategy. Consider this: 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Scott County grew by 4.4% between 2010 and 2017. But, this growth lags behind the nation (5.5%) as well as Johnson (14%), Linn (6.1%) or Polk (11.9%) Counties. 

Census Bureau data also shows that between 2012 and 2016 Scott County has the lowest percentage of population with a bachelor’s degree (31.9%), compared to Johnson (52.4%), Linn (32.2%) abd Polk (35.6%) Counties. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that YTY (4Q16-4Q17) growth of the average weekly wage of Scott County residents (1.7%) is disappointing compared to the nation (3.9%) as well as Johnson (2.2%), Linn (5.9%) and Polk (2.7%) Counties. 

While BLS reports that the national unemployment rate edged down from 4.1% to 3.9% in April; the 4.2% unemployment rate for the Quad Cities MSA is s higher than Iowa (3.9%) as well as the Cedar Rapids MSA (3.3%), the Des Moines MSA (2.9%) or the Iowa City MSA (2.1%). 

Census Bureau data shows that the poverty rate in Scott County (13.4%) is higher than the nation (12.7%), the state (11.8%) as well as Linn (10%) and Polk (10.9%) Counties. 

As a percentage of total population, between 2010 and 2017 Scott County had the fastest growing population of people 65+ (15.2%) among Iowa’s largest counties, including Johnson (10.8%), Linn (14.9%) and Polk (12.3%) Counties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 

And finally, the U.S. Commerce Department gauges the national gross domestic product rose in 2015 by 2.4%, annually, and in 2016 by 1.5%, annually. During that same time the Des Moines MSA posted annual GDP growth of 3.8% and 2.1%, compared to the QC MSA (negative) growth rate of -2.1% and -1.9%. We can do better. ...but, only through planning, collaboration and measurable goals.

APPROACH: The County needs to be more thoughtful in its approach to municipal service delivery and collaborate more.

For example, is there a worthy advantage in prohibiting our local health care systems from providing emergency transport services? Instead, the County maintains a budget line of hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to deliver a service that the private providers could and would provide as well without taxpayer obligation.

On another front, perhaps the County should transfer title of abandoned houses only to owner-occupied status, rather than permitting the sale of such property to out-of-state corporations that will use the property as loan collateral for investment elsewhere. In this way, we create incentive for improvement and create a more robust tax base.

ROI: The general lack of communication and transparency about County operations makes any meaningful analysis of efficacy or return on investment difficult. But, programs that are intended to eliminate costs; advance shared and measurable goals; or, improve quality of life should be measured and promoted. Spending and investment can only be evaluated on data. We need to move forward based on facts, not “feelings.” Only then, can we determine if the current level of spending is adequate or appropriate. 

Are there policies or practices you’d like to see the Board adopt, expand or eliminate to promote a stronger business climate in Scott County and the Quad Cities region?

Yes. The County is uniquely well-positioned to provide a “clearinghouse” role to obviate senseless competition among the cities and towns. While the County has “participated” in regional economic development activities; it has not been the “convener,” a natural role. 

The County also should play a greater role in the provision of appropriate, affordable housing that would accommodate new workers and their families without threat of lead poisoning and other environmental threats. Over time, the cost of remediation will out-weigh the lasting impact of the developmental damage done to our children.

The County also should focus on “livability” issues to enhance the appeal of our region. One minor suggestion, stop enforcement of antiquated Health Code violations and permit restaurant owners to create outdoor, pet-friendly seating areas. After all, “service” animals or pets called “service animals” are permitted open access to even indoor areas now. Also, the County might collaborate more with other local municipality to ensure the continued viability of cultural, entertainment and other amenities that make Scott County attractive to residents, newcomers and visitors.

In what circumstances do you support the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and other economic development incentives?

TIF is an effective economic development tool. But, the issue does not lend itself to generalities. I enthusiastically support TIF as a means of revitalization of areas in a condition of deterioration that make re-development financially impractical, often referred to as “blight.” TIF can not only make this re-development possible; but, it will also help us preserve “green space” and minimize “sprawl.” I do not believe that TIF should be used simply to attract development from this local community to another, knowing that it would occur without TIF support. However, I do want to keep the TIF option available to entice development projects when the long-term fiscal advantages significantly outweigh the short-term loss of tax revenues. In other words, TIF projects need to be evaluated on case-bycase basis.

Do you support Scott County’s investment in regional marketing, business attraction and economic development services through the Quad Cities Chamber / Quad Cities First?

YES! While there is still much to do to improve the business climate and overall quality-of-life of Scott County; the County must collaborate with other governmental entities and the QC Chamber to “tell our story” now. There is a great deal to commend the QCA for business recruitment and we need to continue, maybe intensify, that effort.

Should Scott County play a greater role in regional economic development and, if so, in what ways?

Yes. I earlier made reference to the role of “convener.” And, in collaboration with the Chamber, Scott County (along with Rock Island County) is positioned to serve as the “honest broker” of economic growth opportunities. And, rather than playing a merely supporting role, the County should take a leadership position in the development and implementation of a comprehensive and long-term population and economic growth strategy. Where do we want to be in five years? Ten years? Twenty years? And, more importantly, how will get there?

A regional funding mechanism, such as a temporary sales tax, should be explored as a possible means of strategy development and implementation. I also would support a self-assessment as a “first step” in that process. Using the Amazon HQ2 criteria, how would the Quad Cities region compare to other communities still in contention for that project? 

What more could Scott County do to support mental health services for needy residents?

Again, it is not a question of what “more” the County could do. The real issue is the efficacy of what we’re doing now and what could we do better. Before any adjustment in the level of program funding is implemented, the County must re-consider its approach to meeting the needs of those struggling with mental disease or disorder. County focus on incarceration and acute care hospital confinement has only exacerbated the mental health crisis. Indeed, the “revolving door” nature of this approach IS the crisis. No one gets the real help they need, only repeated and expensive interventions with no lasting benefit.

The county must recognize that mental illness is a chronic condition. And, like other chronic conditions, such as diabetes or COPD; mental illness cannot to be “cured” by a two-week hospital stay or “rehabilitated” during a six-month jail sentence. We need to re-focus on early detection; out-patient care; and, community-based services that maintain mental health.

For example, it is disappointing that the proven success of our community-supported Mental Health Court pilot program has not yet been recognized by the County with on-going financial support. The cost of care under that program is dramatically less than the alternative, that is, incarceration. The same is true for out-patient medication clients and other services that help “maintain” the mental stability of those in need of support and encouragement.

As an early champion of the Mental Health Court and similar programs that truly help people; I propose we re-establish county priorities based on evidence-based outcomes. Only then can we determine the proper level of mental health services needed by the community and whether “more” is required.

Name two areas of governmental consolidation you would support and why these would be beneficial.

Because the County provides different levels of service to virtually every community within the County; this is complicated question. But, as a proponent of “regionalism,” my goal is to create a bi-partisan, inter-governmental, public-private commission to evaluate opportunities for cost-saving and service improvement consolidation; create a timetable for implementation; and, independently manage the process going forward. I do not want to pre-judge this process. But, a few possible opportunities for consideration come to mind quickly:

1. Is there truly a need for four independent library systems in a single county of fewer than 175,000 residents. I certainly support the number of branches and services we currently enjoy. However, I wonder if there are not “overhead” expenses that could be reduced to provide more library of other services.

2. Is there an opportunity to expand public transportation by consolidating providers across the region to do more for less and improve service by expanding routes or hours of operation so that workers, shoppers and visitors have a more practical public transportation option.

3. Is there an opportunity to reduce acquisition and maintenance costs for heavy equipment, such as road maintenance vehicles, by creating a regional “pool” that could deliver the right equipment to the right community at the right time, without maintaining idle equipment in multiple communities without a current need.

4. The Scott County Emergency Response Center serves as an excellent example of consolidated services provided better for less. We need to look for other such opportunities or, maybe even, extend this model? Perhaps we need to evaluate consolidated public safety and other municipal services such as those provided in Miami-Dade and consolidated models elsewhere.

If the taxing authority for the Quad Cities International Airport were to expand to include other local governing jurisdictions, would you be in favor of Scott County’s inclusion to strengthen air service in our community? Why or why not?

Yes. A well-run, truly “regional” airport connecting the QCA to larger national and international markets is an essential element of future growth. Participation by Scott County in the funding of airport operation also gives the County a voice in the quality of those operations, going forward. I believe both QCI and Scott County will benefit from such collaboration. For example, a more robust financial model for QCI would perhaps “open the door” to expansion, not just in air service, but access as well. Perhaps a light rail or other public transportation service connection from the airport to a Scott County location(s)? This concept might also apply to the new Moline rail station as well.

Where would you like the County Board to concentrate its regional efforts? Check all that apply.

Rock Island Arsenal/Strategic Defense Alliance, Implementation of Q2030 Regional Action Plan, Air Service/Quad Cities International Airport, Regional Economic Development, Tourism

Other (please describe): Population growth that makes Scott County more competitive and creates a future tax base that is more stable and more robust.

BRINSON KINZER, Blue Grass (D)

BIOGRAPHY: Please provide a brief bio that describes your background and the particular skills you would bring to the County Board of Supervisors.

My Name is Brinson Kinzer. My past political experience was a conduit to where I am now. I was honored and blessed to serve the City of Blue Grass three consecutive (4) year terms on the City Council, immediately followed by five consecutive years as Mayor, and once again being honored and blessed by winning my first term, as a Democrat, on the Scott County Board of Supervisors which I am seeking re-election. As a career I am a journeyman electrician. I served an apprenticeship with IBEW L.U.145 JATC from 1985-1989, graduating in 1989. I hold a Journeyman A license with the State of Iowa. I have been employed with Davenport Electric Contract Company (DECCO) for 32 years. I have held many positions, with DECCO, over the years from journeyman wireman, to field foreman, to Service Coordinator, to my current position as Safety Director. I hold many safety certifications, which I obtained from Kirkwood Community College. A couple certifications I am very proud of are my OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer and my Certified Occupational Safety Specialist training. I state all of those to show I have leadership skills, listening skills, problem solving, bringing a job in on time and budget. I have been through many budgets, I can work for and with people, I have worked on a bi-partisan way to better Scott County and will continue to do so.

Are there areas of the County budget today – or on the horizon - that cause you particular concern? 

Yes. Mental Health funding and our current radio system. (I give my answer to Mental Health funding in question 7) Outgoing Republican Supervisor Diane Holst has been attending the SECC Board meetings for a very long time. She has vast knowledge of the critical nature of the upgrades and improvements needed to ensure our first responders can communicate with each other as well as other critical agencies. I will continue to reach out to Supervisor Holst for her knowledge and input. These are two areas that are very important to me.

Are there policies or practices you’d like to see the Board adopt, expand or eliminate to promote a stronger business climate in Scott County and the Quad Cities region?

I will continue our support and collaboration with the QC Chamber, GDRC, Tri City Building and Construction Trades, ILLOWA Labor Management Council, and our farmers/land owners. We also need to do a better job of reaching out to our rural communities to incorporate their wants, needs, and concerns. With support and collaboration, all of these partner's will only enhance and better Scott County.

In what circumstances do you support the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and other economic development incentives?

TIF is a wonderful economic tool when used as intended. However, I feel TIF or any economic incentive should be utilized for blighted or depressed areas, and creation of jobs with a living wage and benefits. The question should be will this benefit all of Scott County. 

Do you support Scott County’s investment in regional marketing, business attraction and economic development services through the Quad Cities Chamber / Quad Cities First? 

Yes. I will continue to support the efforts of these fine men and women who search for prospective clients and arrange meetings. Working countless hours, away from their families, to show the attractions, schools, our workforce, our emergency services, infrastructure, utilities, etc., all to enhance and better all of Scott County.

Should Scott County play a greater role in regional economic development and, if so, in what ways?

Continue with Economic Summits, inviting all the communities to share ideas, goals, and visions and then collaborate with the Q.C. Chamber for next step to success. I believe Scott County's role and expertise is to provide services to the taxpayers they expect. Funding for public safety, roads, bridges, internal agencies, construction and maintenance projects, supporting identified external agencies, all why paying as we go and maintaining a balanced budget. Working and supporting organizations that will promote Scott County is our best economic developer.

What more could Scott County do to support mental health services for needy residents?

Educate those not affected by Mental Health as to why funding and services are so important. We need to support our Mental Health region and the region's director Lori Elam. Work with our legislators, on both sides, to continue to maintain and add services. If the tax levy needs increased, then I will support it. I should add that outgoing Republican Supervisor Carol Earnhardt sat on the Mental Health Board for a long time. Supervisor Earnhardt didn't see this issue as a Republican, Democrat, or Independent issue but a compassion issue and never backed down from anyone. Supervisor Earnhardt was a champion for Mental Health. I will continue to reach out to Carol for her knowledge and input.

Name two areas of governmental consolidation you would support and why these would be beneficial.

I would first need to see a deficiency, lack of services, redundancy, or concerns from the taxpayers that would constitute a conversation or consolidation of said services.

If the taxing authority for the Quad Cities International Airport were to expand to include other local governing jurisdictions, would you be in favor of Scott County’s inclusion to strengthen air service in our community? Why or why not?

No. Even though many of us utilize the airport, I don't see the need for Scott County to do this. The airport has made many improvements and expansions over the years to create the "Gateway to the Quad Cities." They have been successful for all these years without that concept.

Where would you like the County Board to concentrate its regional efforts? Check all that apply.

Rock Island Arsenal/Strategic Defense Alliance, Implementation of Q2030 Regional Action Plan, Regional Economic Development

ROGERS KIRK JR., Bettendorf (D)

BIOGRAPHY: Please provide a brief bio that describes your background and the particular skills you would bring to the County Board of Supervisors.

My experience in managing people and budgets for a large corporation has provided me with a clear understanding of the complexity of each element in order to ensure the organization runs effectively as well as efficiently. While working as a senior manager for a corporation worth billions of dollars, I feel the foundation was constructed and the initial steps were preparing me to effectively assume responsibilities while working on a Board such as the Scott County Board of Supervisors. In overseeing the finances at the church where I serve as the senior pastor, I work with a budget committee to ensure all ministry needs are met. In addition, serving on various boards within the community has afforded me additional experience and the overall value of teamwork. I studied at Northeast University, United Theological Seminary and Louisiana Baptist College.

• Currently I preside as the Midwest Regional Vice President for the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. (8.5 million members) • Senior pastor of Third Missionary Baptist Church • Retired Senior Manager for Federal Express • Appointed in 1999 by Governor Tom Vilsack to the Iowa Board of Parole • Past President of Quad Cities Interfaith • Past President of the NAACP • Served on the Board of Directors of Churches United • Served on the Board of Scott County Kids • Served on the Executive Board of the Scott County Family YMCA 1st recipient of the Father Marvin Mottet leadership Award • Served in the Marine Corp.

Are there areas of the County budget today – or on the horizon - that cause you particular concern? 

Yes, One area of interest that I have concerns over is the fluctuation of sales tax revenue within the county being reduced as a result of more individuals doing more on line purchasing.

Are there policies or practices you’d like to see the Board adopt, expand or eliminate to promote a stronger business climate in Scott County and the Quad Cities region?

I would like to see a mandatory sexual harassment policy, a violence in the workplace policy and a (COP) constant operating plan for the entire county. 

In what circumstances do you support the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and other economic development incentives?

The county has nothing to do with how TIF monies are allocated. They can oppose it,and it makes no difference. The board makes a resolution on what they will support, however the final approval is done by the city. When TIF is used in the way that it is designed to be used, I will support it.

Do you support Scott County’s investment in regional marketing, business attraction and economic development services through the Quad Cities Chamber / Quad Cities First? 

Yes, I support it because working together with the Chamber/Quad Cities, everyone benefits.

Should Scott County play a greater role in regional economic development and, if so, in what ways?

Yes, we will. The Scott County Board of Supervisors should continue with economic summits. We need to provide more meaningful collocations. The county must commit to play a greater role in the QC2030.

What more could Scott County do to support mental health services for needy residents?

Scott County must continue to support the mental health region that has been established and increase funding for ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) through Vera French.

Name two areas of governmental consolidation you would support and why these would be beneficial.

With the county consolidation of our dispatch/EMS services and the consolidation of waste, I would propose that we allow time for the kinks to be worked out before introducing additional consolidations.

If the taxing authority for the Quad Cities International Airport were to expand to include other local governing jurisdictions, would you be in favor of Scott County’s inclusion to strengthen air service in our community? Why or why not?

Yes, There has been many pros and cons in reference to this consolidation. When 60% of the passenger usage is from Iowa, it would seem that we would be willing to be a part. With additional information and public input on the QC2030 plan, our focus should shift to one community verses individual cities. 

Where would you like the County Board to concentrate its regional efforts? Check all that apply.

Rock Island Arsenal/Strategic Defense Alliance, Implementation of Q2030 Regional Action Plan, Air Service/Quad Cities International Airport, Regional Economic Development, Tourism 

MARVIN PLATT, Davenport (D)

BIOGRAPHY: Please provide a brief bio that describes your background and the particular skills you would bring to the County Board of Supervisors.

My name is Marvin Platt. I’ve lived in Davenport for over 20 years. I’ve been married for 26 years and have two boys ages 24 and 21. I have worked for the city of Davenport in the solid waste division for the last nine years. Before that I have been involved in various aspects of manufacturing. I am a U.S. Army veteran and lifetime member of the vfw post 828.

I have two things that will help me be a successful board member, my honesty, and integrity. I just want to help scott county become a safe place to work and raise a family.

Are there areas of the County budget today – or on the horizon - that cause you particular concern?

Yes a couple of things stand out. We have recently gotten some new companies to come to scott county but at what cost what kind of corporate tax breaks have they gotten. For many years scott county has been a affordable place to raise a family. We need to make sure it stays that way.

Are there policies or practices you’d like to see the Board adopt, expand or eliminate to promote a stronger business climate in Scott County and the Quad Cities region?

I would really like to see the county improve the juvenile court services by expanding mental help and expanding the juvenile detention area of the scott county jail.

In what circumstances do you support the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and other economic development incentives?

I have read a lot about TIFs and don’t even come close to fully understanding them. However if used properly and not over used I’ve seen where they have been very useful in development of an area.

Do you support Scott County’s investment in regional marketing, business attraction and economic development services through the Quad Cities Chamber / Quad Cities First? 

Yes the more organizations or people you can have working together for a common goal nets the best results.

Should Scott County play a greater role in regional economic development and, if so, in what ways?

It’s very important for the county to play a greater role in regional economic development. The county should work together with neighboring counties and other organizations to help bring new companies into the area.

What more could Scott County do to support mental health services for needy residents?

Mental health services are in high demand in the area and the county could look at its budget and try to find ways to get more money for mental health services.

Name two areas of governmental consolidation you would support and why these would be beneficial.

I think the main consolidation should be the consolidation or elimination of an assistant county administrator position. Scott county is one of the only counties in the state to have an administrator and an assistant.

If the taxing authority for the Quad Cities International Airport were to expand to include other local governing jurisdictions, would you be in favor of Scott County’s inclusion to strengthen air service in our community? Why or why not?

I would have to do a cost/benefit analysis and weigh all the pros and cons.

Where would you like the County Board to concentrate its regional efforts? Check all that apply.

Implementation of Q2030 Regional Action Plan, Regional Economic Development, Tourism

JOHN MAXWELL, Donahue (R)

BIOGRAPHY: Please provide a brief bio that describes your background and the particular skills you would bring to the County Board of Supervisors.

In addition to my living in Scott County my whole life, my family, the Maxwells have called Scott County home for more than 150 years. My great grandfather delivered more than 3000 babies in Scott County and my grandfather was a county supervisor in the 1950s and 1960s. My state-of-the-art robotic dairy (Cinnamon Ridge Farm) shows my commitment to Scott County for the long-term. I enjoy welcoming many adults and school children to Scott County through tours on my farm and serve the community as president of the North Scott School Board. Having a small business has taught me how to maintain budgets, build a productive work force, and make tough decisions. My wife, Joan, and I have 5 daughters and 3 grandchildren between us.

Are there areas of the County budget today – or on the horizon - that cause you particular concern? 

I’m proud to be part of a county that has one of the lowest levy rates in the state while also being one of the biggest Iowa counties. Through the years, Scott County has held the line on taxes and controlled spending. I am concerned that, as costs go up, we must find ways to continue our great levy rates. I would like to investigate how the county could be more efficient.

Are there policies or practices you’d like to see the Board adopt, expand or eliminate to promote a stronger business climate in Scott County and the Quad Cities region?

I support the continued development of Scott County in planned area for the betterment of business and creation of jobs. The Greater Davenport Redevelopment Corporation has done a great job. Yet the current site is nearing completion and, at some point, will need to be addressed. Some areas (like the old Kraft plant) should be emphasized for redevelopment. The current structure of a private corporation doing the initial negotiations in the development is helpful rather than a city because so many details can be worked out more efficiently.

In what circumstances do you support the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and other economic development incentives?

Questions we should use to evaluate TIF are: i. Does it create long term, good paying jobs? ii. Does it rehab an economic blighted area? iii. Does it benefit the county both in the short and long-term? I’m in favor of TIF if these answers to these questions all are clearly yes. 

Do you support Scott County’s investment in regional marketing, business attraction and economic development services through the Quad Cities Chamber / Quad Cities First? 

I think an investment in regional marketing to attract business and economic development is a wise idea if the return on investment is met. The goals of success must be met by all parties.

Should Scott County play a greater role in regional economic development and, if so, in what ways?

For Scott County to continue its low levy rate and hold the line on taxes, we must continue our economic development and look for opportunities for planned expansions.

What more could Scott County do to support mental health services for needy residents?

Since the passing of the Legislation of Mental Health Redesign in 2012, mental health services have improved but still have room for growth. Some of the biggest issues I would like to see addressed are: i. Lack of funding – As with most government entities, the funding is not enough to go around. ii. Source of funding – The current source of mental health service funding is from property taxes, which puts an undue burden on property owners. An additional source of revenue needs to be instated. iii. National shortage of psychiatrists – Currently scheduling an appointment with a psychiatrist can have a year wait time. Nurse practitioners have been hired to help with the shortage but more staff are needed. iv. Support staff personnel shortage – In 2017 more than 1300 suicide risk calls were placed to emergency services in Davenport. This astounding number places great burden on police force and county mobile crisis teams. v. Inequities in region and county funding – Scott County is part of a 5 county region in which not every county has the same cost or support services, which is problematic. Discrepancies in funding formulas are causing large inequities throughout the state. If elected I will work to ensure more funding for mental health services, communicate with state and federal legislators about solutions, locate additional funding sources, and hire more staff to provide the mental health services that Scott County citizens need and deserve. Part of my job as supervisor will be to create dialogue and relationships for the betterment of the county and its people.

Name two areas of governmental consolidation you would support and why these would be beneficial.

When I was first elected to the North Scott School Board, I was faced with a similar dilemma. Over the past seven years, I’ve looked for opportunities to not only get cross collaboration among departments, but also do more with less. As a result, through retirement and more staff efficiency there are fewer people working in the administration, but more teachers educating our students. I would take the same approach in county government: cross collaboration and do more with less.

If the taxing authority for the Quad Cities International Airport were to expand to include other local governing jurisdictions, would you be in favor of Scott County’s inclusion to strengthen air service in our community? Why or why not?

Having the Quad Cities International Airport is a blessing to this area. I’m concerned that the ridership continues to go down year after year. I’m also concerned if the Quad Cities gets passenger rail to Chicago what that will do to air ridership. I don’t think it is fair to the Illinois people that not all of the region (parts of Rock Island county) don’t get taxed and others do. We must address these concerns before we can move forward with the expansions of the governing jurisdictions. 

Where would you like the County Board to concentrate its regional efforts? Check all that apply. 

Rock Island Arsenal/Strategic Defense Alliance, Implementation of Q2030 Regional Action Plan, Air Service/Quad Cities International Airport, Regional Economic Development, Tourism, 

Other (please describe): a. The County Board has already made significant steps in aligning itself correctly with the Rock Island Arsenal/Strategic Defense Alliance. Passing state legislation to improve our Base Realignment Closure (BRAC) score keeps the Arsenal in our region. As a board member, I want to support that continued relationship. b. The 2030 plan is a great way for all areas of the Quad Cities to unite and have community vision for the future. Having the BIG TABLE talks was one of the great ways for the many groups and parties to get together and share that vision. c. I would have to see the questions in #9 answered before I would want to concentrate on the airport. d. Planned Regional Economic Growth is essential to low taxes, low levy rates, a growing and thriving community. e. We must also support tourism in the Quad Cities. Tourism is an excellent way for people to see and experience our community and i. Spend money here ii. Possibly move here iii. Create a business here Effective tourism significantly contributes to the growth and sustainability of our county.

SCOTT WEBSTER, Bettendorf (R)

BIOGRAPHY: Please provide a brief bio that describes your background and the particular skills you would bring to the County Board of Supervisors.

I’m currently the 5th ward alderman in Bettendorf and a small business owner. I have been a business owner since 2000 building over 120 homes in the quad city area. Prior to that I was a financial advisor and district manager for Waddell and reed. This brings several areas of skill sets that will be benificial to serving on the Scott county board

Are there areas of the County budget today – or on the horizon - that cause you particular concern? 

Mental health funding will be a challenge as the area is needing more and more service. I believe there are several areas of the current budget that can be trimmed and streamlined to cover part of the future funding needs.

Are there policies or practices you’d like to see the Board adopt, expand or eliminate to promote a stronger business climate in Scott County and the Quad Cities region?

Regionally working together and creating good communication between city councils and the business community will help foster stronger business growth.

In what circumstances do you support the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and other economic development incentives?

Tif needs to use responsibly in order to keep the availability of tif in the future. It should be used to increase jobs and also used to remove blight. Some cases exist that if without tif the economic growth opportunity wouldn’t exist and those situations need to be vetted to create the best deal for the tax payers.

Do you support Scott County’s investment in regional marketing, business attraction and economic development services through the Quad Cities Chamber / Quad Cities First? 

Yes, regionally we can compete without that we are a small fish in a huge pond.

Should Scott County play a greater role in regional economic development and, if so, in what ways?

Scot County should and has been involved in economic development. This policy should continue.

What more could Scott County do to support mental health services for needy residents?

Mental health in Scott county is in extreme need of additional support and I look forward to supporting increased access to care.

Name two areas of governmental consolidation you would support and why these would be beneficial.

The idea of regional consolidation has been a struggle. The secc setup I would hope won’t be a model of future consolidation as I believe when tax using boards are not fully elected you cause a situation of the voters having very little to no say.

If the taxing authority for the Quad Cities International Airport were to expand to include other local governing jurisdictions, would you be in favor of Scott County’s inclusion to strengthen air service in our community? Why or why not?

Depends if the voters have a say in who controls the funds of the taxing body.

Where would you like the County Board to concentrate its regional efforts? Check all that apply.

Implementation of Q2030 Regional Action Plan, Regional Economic Development, Tourism


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