Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler says an $18.8-million bond issue should have been approved by voters, even if it is legal for the County Board to approve it without input from the public. That has prompted County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan to fire back, saying Prenzler is engaging in a campaign of "distorted facts." Both men are sticking firmly to their position on the issue.
Dunstan uses Prenzler's tax bill to illustrate his point.
Prenzler says the money that will go toward jail improvements amounts to a tax on the citizens of the county over the next 20 years, and they should have had a say.
He calls that loophole the "backdoor referendum," noting that there is a petition circulating that would require the issue to be placed on the March ballot if 17,000 signatures are collected in 30 days.