Tri States Public Radio Staff
Thu July 28, 2005
Lee County Elected Officers Call for Resignation
Keokuk, IA – A coaliton of Lee County's elected leaders says one county supervisor should take personal responsibility for a budgeting mistake and leave office. The group, which includes the county attorney, auditor, recorder, sheriff and treasurer, says recent statements made by Supervisor Bob Woodruff are not true. The coalition says Woodruff should resign because he has failed to live up to his agreements and failed to tell the public the truth. The mistake involves about $400,000 in state aid Lee County did not receive for its Mental Health and Disabilities Fund. In a recent newspaper article, Woodruff said "nobody knew better" when it came to raising a tax levy enough to qualify for the state money. The coalition says Woodruff did not listen to the heads of county departments, and that led to the mistake. The error was corrected in the current budget for the 2005-06 fiscal year.