The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

April 24, 2014

Hoping for riche$ — Part 4

OTTUMWA — $6.6 million was spent in Wapello County in lottery ticket sales in 2013.

Since 2003, the amount of money spent on lottery tickets by local residents has grown by more than $2 million. If statistics are correct, the number of lottery tickets purchased in Wapello County will continue to grow.

A portion of lottery revenue does stay in the community with the retailer who sold the ticket, and a very, very small portion is given back to the Wapello County Foundation to help nonprofits in our local communities.

Yet, as we look at the amount of disposable cash that left our community, we wondered what $6.6 million would like look if that lottery money didn’t leave our community for the state’s coffers. Imagine if every dollar spent on the Iowa Lottery stayed within our local community.

We posed the following question of various individuals in our community: If you had the $6.6 million in your budget, how would your organization spend the money to benefit the community?

Tom Lazio, mayor of Ottumwa

Wow! $6.6 million would do wonders for our budget. I would split it up to reduce taxes and then apply some to capital improvements and the rest to streets and sewer projects.

We also could use it to help offset the ADA requirements that are facing the city. We need to make up for not doing some of the infrastructure repairs that have been put off. Additional money could be used to offset some of the ongoing expenses that keep increasing each year.

Tim Kurtz, executive director Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce

As our mission statement states “Promote the greater Ottumwa area as a vigorous hub of commerce and quality community life,” so first and foremost I would use the money to promote existing business and to attract potential business to the area.

Text Only
Local News
  • Calendar Groups wanting to be included in the Calendar must submit the item every time the group meets, at least three days in advance of the meeting.Send information to Calendar, Newsroom, Ottumwa Courier, 213 E. Second St., Ottumwa 52501 or send email to ne

    July 26, 2014

  • Alternate juror could not have convicted Techel based on evidence DAVENPORT — An alternate juror who was dismissed before Seth Techel, 23, of Agency was convicted of killing his wife and the non-consensual termination of a human pregnancy says the verdict could have been different if she had been in deliberations.D

    July 25, 2014

  • Overcome testing fear, get a good job OTTUMWA — It's not who you know, it's what you know. That's what City leaders say about getting a good paying job in Ottumwa. "It seems like in the last year we've had a real reduction in the number of individuals who've applied," said Joni Keith, hu

    July 25, 2014

  • Water Pollution Control Facility gets OK to upgrade OTTUMWA — An emergency Ottumwa City Council meeting resulted in spending $140,583 for the Water Pollution Control Facility. Friday afternoon, council members listened intently as Ottumwa Water Pollution Control Facility Superintendent Kam Reeves told

    July 25, 2014

  • 0724 OTT Tehel mug -T -M Resolution — Techel verdict reached

    DAVENPORT — The father of a slain Wapello County woman said he began to heal as soon as he heard the guilty verdict today. The jury unanimously pronounced Seth Techel, 23, guilty on charges of first-degree murder and non-consensual termination of a h

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Quincy Ave. project starts Aug. 4 OTTUMWA — Updates on the Quincy Avenue project was given to residents and businesses residing between Albia Road and Hwy. 34 on Thursday night at Ottumwa City Hall. About a dozen people attended the meeting where City Engineer Dan Sturm gave an updat

    July 25, 2014

  • Silence continues on fatal shooting OTTUMWA — Law enforcement is exercising its right to remain silent about a shooting death that occurred south of town this week. The Wapello County Sheriff's Office, which had responded to the shooting, said most information on the case would now com

    July 25, 2014

  • 0726 OTT cedar creek Gone in a flash

    BLOOMFIELD — Bob Parker got about as close to lightning as you can Friday morning, and came out of it without injury. A line of thunderstorms started moving through southeast Iowa in the early morning hours. Parker was heading to work at about 7 a.m.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0726 OTT Garden Bites III Color Photo -T Garden Bites sees growth BLOOMFIELD — Nearly one month ago, families gathered at Pioneer Ridge Nature Center to plant various vegetables to harvest and eat on Thursday at Garden Bites. The program allows families to get their hands a bit dirty at Pioneer Ridge and plant food

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0725 OTT Riverfront design A new outlook on Ottumwa OTTUMWA — A "River Renaissance" is brewing in Wapello County. Planners working for Christian Rushing Studio from Tennessee took the public's ideas, and gave them life via maps, numerical projections and artists' renderings. "Hold onto your seats; you

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook