- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

CENTER JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) - A small eastern Iowa town is considering disbanding its government that has struggled to pay for first responders and other services.

KWWL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1JODCk9 ) the Center Junction City Council will meet on Jan. 5 to decide whether to dissolve its government and allow Jones County provide services to the residents of the town about 50 miles northeast of Cedar Rapids.

Mayor Sandy Ricklefs said the town doesn’t have the income to cover its bills. She said the five-member council started talking a few months ago about disbanding the local government because it’s struggling to pay for law enforcement, emergency management and the library.

“The bills just go on and on and on and we just don’t have the income anymore to cover that,” said Ricklefs. “This is not going to be news in a few years because I fear this is going to happen to other towns.”

The Des Moines-based City Development Board would have to approve the move. Ricklefs said the town could become unincorporated as early as mid-March.

Center Junction volunteer firefighter Rex Andrews is against the proposal. He worries that disbanding the police and fire departments could lead to longer wait times for residents during emergencies.

“If you’re unincorporated you lose your fire department, you lose your council, you lose everything and everything’s taken over by the county,” Andrews said. “I suppose it’s something we have to get used to, life goes on.”

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Information from: KWWL-TV, http://www.kwwl.com

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