The Iroquois County Board has a proposed fiscal year budget on the table showing a near $29,000 surplus. The budget numbers, approved Tuesday, will be on display awaiting formal approval next month.
Board Chairman John Shure said "the surpluss is good; there was discussion about some items, but it's been resolved."
Shure said discussion, to him, means the county may need to detail how and where funds will be spent.
Comments focused on Shure’s suggestion that maybe public safety funds be used to replace a chiller at the Courthouse. But some, including Sheriff Derek Hagen, argued public safety funds are to be used for public safety --- NOT any capital improvement projects.
The Chairman’s thought on the matter is that,how public safety money is spent. Shure said I thought it was small amount and it's allowed by statute. But most felt the public safety money should only be used for that purpose.
Sheriff Hagen told the Board the chiller at the Cthouse isn’t even a pressing matter.
Board members emphasized again, why the public has been so reluctant to support a tax increase for public safety because it can’t trust the Board to use the money what’s it supposed to be for.