The Saline County Board met Dec. 27, 2012, and Sarah Wallace, Roger Wallace, Justin Wood, Larry McClerren, Gary Lane and Michael Smothers voiced their opinions that they were being over assessed and did not understand why, according to minutes of the meeting provided by the Saline County Clerk.
County Tax Assessor Sheryl Pearce and County Treasurer Danny Ragan said they would like to do a forum with Realtors and citizens to discuss the real estate taxes and rates.
Sarah and Roger Wallace discussed moving to Williamson County. These individuals left the meeting and did not hear the response of Saline County Assessor Sheryl Pearce who stated that none of the speakers had come in and talked with her about their problems. Pearce said that former owners had senior freezes on their property that were removed and homestead exemptions that no longer applied.
In other matters the Saline County Board took the following actions:
Joe Jackson made a motion to accept Clearwave as the county's telephone provider at a savings of $2,065 annually. Danny Gibbs seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
During office holder's reports Treasurer Danny Ragan commended Sheryl Pearce on her knowledge of taxes and pointed out that she had been doing the work for 33 years.
Danny Ragan said he would like to extend taxes an extra week and will not charge a late fee. He said he could not change the due date but does not have to charge a late fee. The tax sale is scheduled for Feb. 13, 2013.
Appointed to the 911 Emergency Telephone Board was Derek Field replacing Curt Hustedde; Kerry Jones, John Gunning and Joe Jackson were all appointed.
Karla Carrigan was reappointed to the Egyptian Health Department Board.
Carey Harbison was appointed to continue on the board of the Southeastern Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission.