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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Property taxes expected to be mailed out by Nov. 4

  • Saline County Assessor Sheryl Pearce provided a much-anticipated update on real estate taxes, which still have yet to be sent out to property owners in Saline County, during Thursday night's county board meeting, held at the courthouse.
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  • Saline County Assessor Sheryl Pearce provided a much-anticipated update on real estate taxes, which still have yet to be sent out to property owners in Saline County, during Thursday night's county board meeting, held at the courthouse.
    Pearce said Treasurer Danny Ragan should have them in his office by the end of the week and Ragan said if that happens, he and his staff will work over the weekend to get them completed as quickly as possible, in the hopes that they can best sent out in the first week of November.
    "We're trying to make the best of a bad situation," Ragan said.
    At the beginning of Thursday's meeting, Superintendent of the Regional Office of Education Dr. Larry Fillingham spoke to the board about new legislation regarding boundary laws. ROE offices will be realigned throughout the state, due to a new law requiring each office to cover a district with a population of at least 81,000 people.
    Though this won't affect the Fillingham's region, as it already serves a district with a population of more than 86,000 residents in eight counties, it will affect other local ROE districts, such as Hamilton County. He addressed the board in order to make them aware of the changes and recommended allowing county  boards in his district to decide whether or not to expand the ROE to include another county, most likely Hamilton County, in order to assist them with following the new legislation.
    Fillingham said it would not likely add significant expenses and would only come about if Hamilton County petitions to to be added to Fillingham's current region.
    Board member Bruce Tolley made a motion to write a letter in support of Fillingham in adding Hamilton County to the region if they petition the local ROE. The motion passed unanimously.
    "I think the Saline County Board should support Larry in his efforts to negotiate this expansion," said Tolley.
    Also during the meeting, board member Joe Jackson gave an update on Operation STORM's achievements since the Feb. 29 tornado, saying Roy Adams expects to have nearly 30 homes under contract to receive free renovations from damage caused by the tornado and for new construction of homes that were completely destroyed, totaling $795,000 of the $2.4 million disaster aid money the city received from the state. Of the 11 contractors bidding for the work, all but two are Saline County businesses and all materials are being purchased locally.
    During the meeting:
    The board approved a resolution, presented by Sarah Farmer of the Southeastern Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission, for an intergovernmental cooperation between Saline County, Gallatin County and the Saline Valley Conservancy District. SIRPDC is applying for a grant for facility expansion. The resolution was unanimously passed.
    County Clerk Kim Buchanan said her office has already received 1,600 absentee votes and early voters. "We are in full election mode," Buchanan said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Jackson announced to the board that the Saline County Detention Center passed this year's inspection report with no non-compliances, He also said revenue from housing federal inmates at SCDC has increased lately and hopes to continue the program in the future.

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