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The Quad City Chamber of Commerce says they're stepping in to help the Rock Island County Board.

The chamber is showing support for several board proposals with the results of a survey conducted last week.

The chamber says there is overwhelming support for the board's plan to reduce the size of the Rock Island County Board from it's current size of 25 down to 15 members. Seventy-seven-point-fiver percent of people were in favor of that change, 53% of residents favor hiring a professional administrator and 73.5% feel immediate action of the county proposals is necessary.

The County Board is also considering several other changes including a way to enforce penalties placed on board members who violate county policies as well as a process to remove the current county board chairman.

"We all agree that we should downsize the board. And then when we have the resolve, we come back and put a referendum with teeth, a binding referendum," board member Drue Mielke said.

Recently the board heard from the state attorney general's office. They say to reduce the board size the county would have to have a binding referendum.

The board will have final say on the number of board members. Officials now hope to have a referendum that voters can weigh in on before 2022.

 

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