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Local Editorials

Cooperation works here; let feds try it

Cooperation among elected government officials works well in the Sauk Valley. The latest example was a beneficial agreement between a school district and a village. Federal elected officials should give it a try.

Elected officials from two local governmental bodies recently decided to cooperate on the transfer of an unused school building.

Because of that cooperation, the citizens of Tampico stand to benefit greatly.

We speak of the intergovernmental transfer of the former Tampico Grade School from the Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico School District to the Village of Tampico.

The school district no longer had need of the building, which has been replaced by a new structure.

The village saw an opportunity to upgrade its facilities.

An amicable agreement was reached in which the school district agreed to transfer the building and property to the village, free of charge.

Offered the opportunity to buy various items associated with the school, the village agreed to pay $5,000 for kitchen equipment, air conditioners, playground equipment, and the like.

Both entities benefit from the arrangement.

The school no longer has to pay for upkeep and maintenance of an unneeded building. School officials can rest assured that it will be put to good use by a responsible buyer.

Tampico will have a new and improved village hall, along with a new home for its police department and the potential for a fine community center.

Last week, the school keys were officially handed over to the village in a win-win scenario for taxpayers.

That’s how government can operate.

That’s how government should operate.

No unreasonable demands.

No refusals to negotiate.

No grandstanding.

No shutdowns.

No fiscal cliffs.

Just elected officials working together to benefit the people they serve.

Imagine what could get accomplished in Washington, D.C., if elected officials there embraced the same attitude.

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