COUNTY BOARD HOLDS TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING
The Bond County Board held a Truth in Taxation Hearing Tuesday morning, prior to their regular board meeting, for the purpose of announcing a requested extension of taxes by 10% over the previous year. A few Bond County residents were present at the meeting to voice their concerns and discuss the increase. Board members said that the increase is due to an error in tax extensions from a previous year and reserve funding is now running out. The Annual Tax Levy and Appropriations Ordinance was unanimously approved a short time later by the Bond County Board during their regular meeting.
In other business, Alan Davis was recommended by board members to fill the ESDA vacancy. Bill Leidel had held that position, prior to his death, for several decades. And Supervisor of Assessments Don Albert announced his retirement, effective February 29, 2008. The Department of Revenue will be conducting tests for that position on January 10th.
And by a vote of 3-1, with Jack Langel voting no, the County Board approved a three-year contract with the auditing firm Allison, Knapp & Siekman. During the previous meeting, it was not specified whether the contract should be one or three years.
You can see the Tuesday morning's Bond County Board meeting, in it's entirety, tonight at 6PM on New Wave Cable Channel 3.
GC ANNOUNCES THE WATSON AND BONNIE TIDBALL ALUMNI HOUSE
The Greenville College Board of Trustees, at their fall meeting, announced the naming of the Watson and Bonnie Tidball Alumni House and Welcome Center. The house, which will be dedicated during the 2008 Commencement Weekend, will serve as a symbolic and physical connection between the college and it's alumni.
The Tidball Alumni House will provide space for the Office of Alumni Relations, social gatherings and college receptions, as well as a Bed and Breakfast facility for visiting guests.
Watson Tidball graduated from Greenville College in 1949; his wife Bonnie graduated in 1948. The Tidball's professional service to Greenville began in 1951 and has continued throughout the years.
VILLAGE OF SMITHBORO DECEMBER MEETING
The Smithboro Village Board held their December meeting Monday night and at the advice of Attorney Kevin Sybert, the board agreed to a special meeting on Wednesday December 5, to discuss the Tax Levy, the special meeting is at 7PM at the Village Hall.
A Smithboro resident voiced concerns over speeding and reckless driving in the Village. The board agreed this has become a problem and asked that it be brought to the attention of the residents. Board members ask that everyone driving to be cautious and obey the speed limit before somebody gets hurt.
Mayor Susan Moore has authorized plans to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the Volunteer Fire Department.
FISHER PRICE BLOOD PRESSURE CUFFS AND OLD NAVY JACKETS RECALLED
Fisher-Price toy medical kits include red blood pressure cuffs that contain high levels of lead. Attorney General Lisa Madigan urges parents to immediately take away the toy blood pressure cuffs. Fisher Price has agreed to remove the medical kits from stores and is offering a replacement part for those who already own the toy. To request a replacement toy, call Fisher-Price at 800-298-0638.
Old Navy Performance Fleece-Lined boy’s jackets have been recalled because they have a waist drawstring with a toggle that can become caught in small spaces which can pose an entrapment hazard to children. Consumers can return the jackets to any Old Navy store.