County Board Talks Levies & 4-H

The Bond County Board hosted local 4-H members Tuesday night, in celebration of National 4-H Week. The 4-H’ers provided a potluck meal for board members and introduced themselves during the meeting, talking briefly about their involvement in the organization.

Josh St. Peters, president of the University of Illinois Extension Council, told the board, their annual request would remain the same for next year; at just over $88,000 in support of the county 4-H program.

The board approved a step increase for Fayco’s maximum levy rate. In the previous county board meeting, Fayco requested an increase to $86,000. They are currently at $50,966 which results in a rate of .024. The Board approved an increase to $77,000 this year. By statute, Fayco’s maximum rate is .1. Neither a resolution nor a separate Truth in Taxation hearing is required for the increase.

The board opted to not pay membership fees totaling over $5,000 to the Southwestern Illinois Planning Commission. This is the second year the board has opted not to be part of that organization, noting the county doesn’t receive enough benefit for the cost.