Residency Hearing for Marion, Iowa Mayor to Be Held Tonight, Jan 14th
This is all over the local news, click here to see the full story. Randy Bouska apparently owns two homes. One is located in Marion and the other is located in Hiawatha, less than 10 miles away. Mayor Bouska claims that he lives in his Marion home 70% of the time.
A petition was brought to the council in December and the council needed to read the Iowa Code to determine how they needed to handle this request to remove the mayor. This is the first time that Marion City Council has needed to have such a hearing and tonight will act much like a trial complete with lawyers, witnesses and evidence with the five council members acting as the jury. Once the case is heard, the council will have 7 days to make a decision.
According to organizers of the petition to determine the mayor's residency, state codes states that:
"According to state code, what constitutes a vacancy is if an elected official is no longer a resident of the state, county, district, township or city for which they are elected." Jodi Treharne
At the heart of the matter, is where the mayor lays his head. He claims that the property in Hiawatha is an investment property. Yet last night, he told the news that he goes there to take care of his dog. Huh? Just like the question of residency applies to which home you can claim as your primary residence, you can only have one. And you need to live there more than 51% of the year.
Sounds like the arguments will heat up tonight and it is open to the public. I would guess that if you want to be there, plan to get there early. It will be interesting to see how this all turns out.