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Iroquois County Finance committee ‘backing’ public safety tax

Iroquois County voters will be asked in November if they support a quarter-cent sales tax to support public safety.

Should it pass, it’s the County Board responsibility to channel the money to respective public safety avenues. And -- the finance committee (Thursday) was in special session to hear recommendations as to how to use that money.

Committee members voted 4-0 to ‘find positive use of any public safety revenues.’

As important the issue is, committee members Kevin Hansen and Dan Rayman were absent from the meeting.

The 4-0 vote came from members Brett Schmid, Charlie Alt, Russell Bills and Ernie Curtis.

Public safety information and needs were presented by 9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble. A successful vote on the quarter cent tax would generate $400,000.

The county is currently looking at a $53,000 budget deficit for FY 2017.

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Iroquois County public safety tax supported by board member Jed Whitlow

It’s not easy talking about and supporting a tax increase. But Iroquois County Board member Jed Whitlow says a public safety tax “is needed,” and the county’s safety is too important not to support this.”

A referendum question in November will ask taxpayers their opinion on a quarter-cent sales tax that will find the revenues generated going toward public safety needs. The County Board directs the revenues to the needed areas.

It’s been pointed out, neighboring counties tax Iroquois County residents a public safety tax when they shop in those counties. This tax would impose the quarter-cent on certain items and tax visitors who spend money in this county too.

Whitlow points out, Iroquois County’s limited law enforcement personnel have 1,120 square miles to cover. Additional deputies will help patrol efforts and make it that much safer for all concerned.

A retired law enforcement officer, Whitlow said he’s aware of the financial restraints and that law enforcement is short-handed. He said county office-holders and the county board has stepped up and controlled spending. “Now, we need the extra help,” he said.

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Watseka Finance committee to discuss water/sewer rate proposal at special meeting

A special finance meeting of the Watseka City Council is planned for September 29th.  Mayor Bob Harwood and the aldermen will examine proposals already on the table to discuss the future of the city water and water treatement plant operation.  The 7 pm Thursday meeting may be directed to executive session.

Mayor Harwood cautioned aldermen at Tuesday's Public Works Committee meeting that any talk about the proposed sale of the water/water treatment system could find the maeeting closed to the public.

Aqua Illinois has proposed buying the city's water system.  No decision has been made.  Both the city and Aqua Illinois officials have already said rate hikes are very likely for the future operation of the water system.

Aqua Illinois' proposal is to purchase the system for $10.3 million and direct monies toward infrasturcture improvements.  

Alderman John Allhands said he'd like the city to hire a private firm to explore and find out what the Watseka water system is worth.  Alderman Dennis Cahoe also questions the proposed rate hikes and what affect it would have on citizens, especially seniors on fixed incomes ?  Cahoe also wants to learn any cost of having the city operate its own system and what ERH Enterprises can offer the city. ERH is currently managing/operating the water system under contract with Watseka.  

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KCC job fair October 6

Kankakee Community College will sponsor its 21st annual job fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Booths are available, free of charge, for area businesses to participate. The reservation deadline is Sept. 26. Employers can registers at kcc.edu/jobfair.

"This event fulfills a dual need," said Mary Posing, assistant dean of continuing education and career services at KCC. "Our students and members of the community are eager to secure employment leads, and employers need to become acquainted with the qualified pool of potential employees from KCC."

The job fair is sponsored by KCC's Office of Continuing Education and Career Services.

For more information, call 815-802-8202, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit kcc.edu/jobfair.

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Illinois Rail Safety Week observed

Illinois State Police in District 10 are partnering with local, state and federal agencies to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains during Illinois Rail Safety Week, September 11 – 17, 2016.

During 2015, there were 140 railroad grade crossing collisions involving motor vehicles, which resulted in 80 injuries and 31 fatalities. In addition, there were 41 trespassing incidents railroad property which resulted in 18 injuries and 23 fatalities. Illinois is ranked second in the nation in grade crossing fatalities and fifth in the nation in railroad trespassing fatalities.

Illinois Rail Safety Week is supported by the Illinois State Police, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Operation Lifesaver, Illinois Sheriff’s Association, and the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association. For more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.

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