BOND COUNTY BOARD APPROVES 2012 BUDGET
The Bond County Board approved the 2012 budget Wednesday night. In a process taking months to complete, the board passed a budget significantly lower than 2011. The 2012 budget was approved at just under 3.7 million dollars, about a $130,000.00 reduction from 2011. The budget is balanced with neither a shortfall nor surplus and the tax levy will not be raised by the Bond County Board. The county board went through the budget one more time at Wednesday night’s meeting before voting 5-0 to approve. Board Chairman Brock Willeford thanked Tom DeVore for his many hours working on the budget and also thanked Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz, Bond County Treasurer Katie Weiss, and their staffs.
SENATOR MCCARTER ON TENASKA
Legislation giving the Tenaska Corporation the financial green light to begin constructing the Taylorville Energy Center was brought back for yet another vote and this time the measure received legislative approval. Ray Watt spoke with State Senator Kyle McCarter about the issue.
The one-time supporter turned opponent, McCarter told colleagues in debate the deal leaves an out-of-state corporation a big winner and Illinois citizens and utility customers the big losers. McCarter said the bill guarantees a return for 30 years. It also mandates that citizens will have to buy power at an above market rate. McCarter says it does not make sense. He went on to say the simple truth is that Tenaska is trying to place nine billion dollars of risk and cost on the backs of Illinois consumers while looking out for only themselves. He said loopholes in the legislation would let Tenaska out of paying the cost of overruns to build the plant, leaving residential and business rate payers to pick up the tab. The Senate eventually approved the bill on a vote of 30-28. The measure now heads to the Illinois House of Representatives for consideration.
BCHD PARTICIPATES IN STATE WIDE EARTHQUAKE DRILL
The State of Illinois recently conducted a three day earthquake exercise. The Bond County Health Department was one of dozens of state organizations which participated and we spoke with Terry Everett, Emergency Preparedness Director for Bond County about how it went.
The Bond County Health Department participated with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency in a simulated three-day exercise, November 15-17. They tested many things such as setting up the Bond County Health Department Emergency Operations Center. Everett told WGEL he hopes they never have to put the plan into action for real, however the exercise went well, so he believes they will be prepared.
For more information on what you should do in the event of an earthquake or an emergency in general, go to www.ready.illinois.gov.