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Is Linn County urban or rural?

Obviously it doesn’t have to be one or the other, but again, I’m looking for people’s ideas on this question. The primaries are less than two weeks away, and this election year is the fruition of a long struggle for rural residents who want more representation in county government.

This November, Linn residents will elect five supervisors instead of three and they will choose them by district instead of at-large. The idea was this: more supervisors + election by district = more chance of their being a rural resident elected to the Board of Supervisors. We’ll see what happens, but this is a rural vs. urban question. Should farmers be given a spot on the BOS simply because they’re crucial to the county’s economy? Is farming crucial to Linn County’s economy?

This is not a poll (I learned my lesson last time). It’s just a way to get a sense of what some people think.

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3 Responses

  1. ramblinwithrasdal says:

    I think Linn County is urban, since the vast majority of its residents live in Cedar Rapids-Marion-Hiawatha-Robins-Fairfax. But I think Linn County government is rural, since the policies it sets have a greater impact on rural residents. As a result, the Board of Supervisors should have at least 2 of its 5 members on the board and maybe even 3.

  2. Ben Rogers says:

    Linn County is both urban and rural – that is not the key issue.

    The key issue is how can County, local governments and the state work together to make the entire County a better place to live.

    Our interdependencies far outweigh our differences.
    For instance the residents of Cedar Rapids are closely tied to the rural economy. Consider the fact that Cedar Rapids companies such as Quaker Oats, Cargil, Penford, ADM, and General Mills are reliant on a robust farm-to-market county road system. One cannot function without the other.

    The County funds programs that are used by those who live in the city. Mental Health programs come to mind, which occupies a significant portion of the County’s $104 million budget.

    I believe a key challenge for the incoming Supervisor Board will be to work towards sharing resources with other governmental entities wherever it makes sense. This cooperation will reduce the tax burden and improve services for all those who live in Linn County.

    Ben Rogers
    Candidate: District 3
    Linn County Board of Supervisors

  3. Diaereses says:

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Diaereses.

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