MACOMB — The McDonough County Board will start its 2018 fiscal year with a salute to the Illinois Bicentennial. County Board Chairman Scott Schwerer announced this week that there will be a special flag raising ceremony on the courthouse lawn at noon on Monday, Dec. 4. He urged those interested to arrive around 11:45 a.m.
The county board this week approved a $19.8 million budget for 2018. This includes a nearly $5.2 million general fund budget. A $4 million county tax levy for the new year was also approved.
Schwerer called the new budget "conservative on income, less conservative on expense estimates." Finance committee chair Alice Henry said the fact that the board reconciled its 2017 budget with only four budget resolutions Wednesday is testimony to the type of accurate budget planning that is taking place.
August general sales tax collections provided the year's first increase in sales tax income, with $9,319 collected above the 2016 figure.
But Schwerer said the portion of sales tax earmarked for public safety expenses was down by $4,144 and the portion of sales tax for county road repairs was down $2,072.
The board voted to reappoint three members to the 911 Emergency Telephone System Board. They include Schwerer, Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker, Bushnell Police Chief Joe Fosdyck, and Fire Department Mutual Aid representative Ben Thompson.
The board also voted concurrence with Schwerer's appointment of Dr. Brianne Wehner to the McDonough County Board of Health, filling the unexpired term of Dr. Heather Harrison. Also approved was a list of road repairs to be done next year, supported with funds from the federal pavement preservation program.
Schwerer announced that the Illinois Association of County Board Members annual meeting would be held Nov. 30 in Springfield.

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