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Mayor Considering Legal Action Against County


Keokuk could take a tougher stance on the structure of Lee County government.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors voted in 2011 to reorganize four offices.  The offices of the Treasurer and Auditor would be housed in Fort Madison while the offices of the Assessor and Recorder would be in Keokuk.

Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion says he has been considering taking legal action to restore the lost services to his city since the vote.

"Well, I think the citizens of Keokuk have been disenfranchised," says Marion, "especially the aged and infirmed when they have to travel to Fort Madison to get their (driver's) license and do things."

Marion asked the city council, Thursday night, for permission to consult with an attorney he used to work with about the city’s legal options.

The panel gave its approval following a brief discussion initiated by 5th Ward Alderwoman Sandy Pollitt.  She provided some research as to why the services should remain in Keokuk.

Marion says the timing is crucial given the increased talk of re-organizations and consolidations amongst county leaders.

Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.