Iowa County Can’t Afford Free Army Reserve Center
Facing a budget crunch of its own, Des Moines County was forced to turn down the Army Reserve’s offer of the Middletown, Iowa, center it is closing as a result of BRAC 2005.
The county sheriff’s office was hoping to use the building as a regional training location, but the Board of Supervisors decided the county could not pay for its operation and maintenance, reported the Hawk Eye. “It’s a great opportunity, but there’s one thing about opportunities — it has to be an opportunity you can afford,” Board Chairman Tom Broeker said this week.
If the Army Reserve cannot identify a public agency to accept the center, it likely would hold an auction or conduct a negotiated sale.