11-03-2011

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CITIZENS ATTEND COUNTY BOARD MEETING TO DISCUSS PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS

The Bond County Board met Tuesday night at the courthouse.  The crowd was so large that the regular meeting room could not hold everyone so the meeting was moved to the main courtroom upstairs.  More than 30 residents were on hand to voice their opposition to the recent property assessments in the county.  According to information provided at the meeting, those assessments included a 6% across the board increase to residential property and a 16% increase to property adjacent to Govenor Bond Lake.  One person not at the meeting was the Bond County Supervisor of Assessors Tammy Gerdes.  Board Chairman Brock Willeford said he asked Gerdes to come to the meeting and he said he finds it an affront to taxpayers and the board that she did not attend.  Some in the audience asked if the board was planning to remove Gerdes for refusing to come to the meetings.  Board member Tom DeVore said it would take a 4-1 vote of the board to remove Gerdes and no motion to fire Gerdes was made.  Willeford said the county board does not have the authority to reverse assessments.  The board said it will form a list of questions for the Illinois Department of Revenue, one of which being the legality of the extra assessed value placed on the properties on Govenor Bond Lake.  Citizens who believe they are assessed unfairly may challenge that assessment with the Board of Review, but time is running out.  According to information at the county board meeting the Board of Review will be in session until November 14.  The board of review and the supervisor of assessments office may be reached at the Bond County Courthouse Annex on the Greenville square.  The county board is not scheduled to meet again until November 15 after the board of review is no longer in session.  However, the county board can call a special meeting if necessary. 


CITIZENS UTILITY BOARD MEETING

Many citizens in the listening area received mailings from alternative power companies trying to get them to switch their power service away from Ameren IP.  Many factors should be considered when making the decision to switch power service providers.  Thursday, at 1:00 p.m., representatives from the Citizens Utility Board will be at the Bond County Senior Center to answer questions.  We spoke with Anna Oestreich who said the meeting will address issues people need to consider before changing their power company.  Everyone is invited and she hopes many people will attend and bring their questions regarding the energy deregulation.  Helpful hints will be shared concerning the possibility of saving money by switching power providers.

 

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HIGHLAND BUSINESSMAN WILL RUN FOR RON STEPHENS’ SEAT

Highland businessman Steve Klingbeil announced he will run for the 108th Legislative District Representative seat vacated by Greenville’s Ron Stephens in August.  Klingbeil was a fundraiser for Stephens and sought to be named to the vacant spot before local GOP leaders picked Paul Evans to finish Stephens’s term. WGEL spoke with Klingbeil about his decision to run.  Klingbeil, age 51, is running for political office for the first time in his life.  He is not new to the process as he has volunteered for many years working with a number of state representative and senator candidates.  
Klingbeil's frustration with a number of things in politics caused him to run for office.  He disapproves of the general direction in which state government is heading.  He believes our individual income tax increase was a mistake and the worker’s comp reform still needs significant work.  He also strongly disagrees with Governor Quinn’s decision to cut the Services for Seniors program.  With these things in mind, Klingbeil decided to pursue the seat in the 108th district.  Klingbeil is excited about the challenges and rewarding opportunities of his campaign. The new 108th district includes parts of Clinton, Washington, St. Clair, and Madison Counties.  Klingbeil’s entry in the March primary makes him the third Republican, to date, to vie for the position.


CARLYLE TEEN TO COMPETE FOR MISS ILLINOIS TEEN USA

Brook Deiters, age 15, of Carlyle, will compete for the Miss Illinois Teen USA title November 18-20 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago.  Brooke is a sophomore at Carlyle High School and enjoys many different activities, especially photography, in which she is a four-time state competitor.  Brooke saw the ad for the pageant on Facebook and she filled out the application, was interviewed, and selected as one of the finalists.  During the pageant, Brooke will be interviewed by a panel of judges, participate in the opening number, and model a one piece swim suit and an evening gown.  If she wins, she will compete at the 2012 Miss Teen USA Pageant.

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OBITUARIES

Dr. Robert Dixon Roane

Dr. Robert Dixon Roane, age 95, of Carlyle, passed away Tuesday, November 1 at his home.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be in Carlyle Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese or to the First United Methodist Church in Carlyle.


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