What do Scott County, Iowa, and Chicago have in common?
Not much, except that a company from Chicago is about to get a $160,000 contract paid for by Iowa taxpayer dollars.
For what, you ask? An energy audit on the county's eight facilities - including the brand new, state-of-the-art Scott County courthouse and jail.
Why does a two-year-old multi-million-dollar facility need an energy audit?
I doubt it does. However, the county had secured some grant money (a.k.a. Iowa taxpayer dollars), and when they found out the audit was going to cost less than expected on the two buildings that were originally slated for, they decided to spend the rest because they thought it was better to find a place to "spend, spend, spend" instead of patting themselves on the back for what could have been tens of thousands of dollars of savings to the state.