Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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February 5, 2011

Sullivan’s Salvos 2/8/11

In this edition:

*Happy Valentine’s Day!
*Zach Wahls
*Legislation on Mobile Homes
*Free Tax Help!
*Conservation Meetings
*Bowl for Kids Sake
*Did You Know?

*Happy Valentine’s Day!
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all. I know that I am lucky – I have a wonderful spouse that I love very much. I wish every Iowan was as lucky as me!

I am spending this Valentine’s Day thinking about how some Iowans want to deny these rights to other Iowans. I just don’t get it. It is just plain mean, and it is NOT Christian!

I hope each of you is able to love whomever you wish. Happy Valentine’s Day!

A big thank you to all the state, county, and municipal workers who served the public during the recent blizzard. Despite the awful conditions and long hours, these workers kept us safe.

A note – most of these workers are covered by a UNION. So when you hear unions being criticized, remember the storm! Union employees work hard every day; you just rarely hear about it.

While Johnson County closed the Administration Building on Wednesday, several county departments do not have the luxury of shutting down. Special thanks to the Secondary Roads, Facilities, Medical Examiner, SEATS, and Ambulance Departments, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Emergency Management Agency! Great job!

*Zach Wahls
I do not know Zach Wahls. I have read his stuff in the newspaper before, but we have never met.

I want to meet him. Like much of America, I was blown away by the testimony of the UI freshman (and West High grad). If you have not seen it, just type his name into You Tube. You’ll be floored.

Zach, you are my new idol. Thank you!

*Legislation on Mobile Homes
At the urging of Johnson County, the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) has listed mobile home reform as one of its top Legislative priorities for 2011. The Iowa Treasurer’s Association has suggested a series of reforms. Similarly, Senators Bolkcom and Dvorsky and Representatives Jacoby, Mascher, Lensing, and Willems have agreed to work on legislation that improves the laws surrounding mobile homes.

So, the ball is rolling. I am hopeful that we can get some needed changes made at the State level. Now, the onus is on those of us at the local level. It will require action at all levels of government to adequately address all the issues we face.

*Free Tax Help!
I know I wrote about this just a few weeks ago, but it is such a great opportunity – I decided to run it again.

Johnson County is proud to announce another year of free tax help! “You Earned It, Now Claim It” is a program that has done great things for taxpayers in Johnson County.

Don’t pay a fee to get your refund! The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides trained volunteers that will help you file your taxes. This service is available FOR FREE to people who earned less than $49,000 in 2010. E-filing is available, and translation is available at all sites.

The service is available almost every day in February and March, at sites throughout the county. Please spread the word, so even more of your friends and neighbors can avail themselves of this service!

For more information Call United Way Toll-Free by dialing: 2-1-1, or visit any of the following websites: • •

*Conservation Meetings
The Johnson County Conservation Board (JCCB) will conduct two public meetings to present the proposed Johnson County Conservation, Recreation and Open Spaces Plan 2010-2015. Use of the $20 million Conservation Bond, approved by the voters in November 2008, will be addressed as part of the presentations. They will also include a recap of activities and accomplishments of the JCCB over the last two years.

The JCCB encourages all interested citizens to attend. Public comment and input will be solicited. Meetings will be held in Rooms 203 B & C of the Johnson County Heath & Human Services Building.

The first meeting is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. Tuesday, February 8. The second meeting will be conducted Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30 P.M, also in Rooms 203 B & C.

For additional information, contact Conservation Director Harry Graves at 319-645-2315.

*Bowl For Kids’ Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters is once again holding Bowl For Kids Sake! This is the single biggest fundraiser of the year for BBBS, supporting all their good work. The event this year is February 26 & 27 at Colonial Lanes.

Sullivan for Supervisor will once again be fielding a team, and we would LOVE you to sponsor us! You can let me know via E-mail, or visit Big Brothers Big Sisters online at

If you’d rather form your own team, there is still time! Call BBBS at 337-2145 to reserve your spot.

*DID YOU KNOW? Repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act (aka “Obamacare”) would add $145 billion to the national deficit. (Source: Congressional Budget Office.)

Anyone interested in learning more about County government should take a look at the County website-

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