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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Additional assistant state’s attorney could benefit county finances

  • The Saline County Board discussed county finances, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund eligibility, pricing of lots available for sale in the Industrial Park and a request from the Saline County States Attorneys Office for funding to hire another assistant states attorney.
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  • The Saline County Board discussed county finances, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund eligibility, pricing of lots available for sale in the Industrial Park and a request from the Saline County States Attorneys Office for funding to hire another assistant states attorney.
    Saline County State’s Attorney Mike Henshaw began his address by stating that the States Attorneys Office was there to serve justice and not to raise funds for the county, but the more cases brought to successful conclusion, the more revenue would be raised for the county. Henshaw stated that after consultation with Judge Walden Morris, he had been told that Morris felt sure that another judge could be authorized for our judicial circuit. This will help with the backlog of cases facing the States Attorneys Office, however, Henshaw felt that there is a need in his office for another assistant states attorney.
    Board member Danny Gibbs asked if a part-time worker be would of assistance and Henshaw responded that, given the case load and backlog, such a solution would not be effective, pointing out that Williamson County has six judges and cleared roughly twice as many cases as Saline County did.
    “We can raise more money for you,” Henshaw told the board.
    Budget committee chairman Joe Jackson said he would consult with Henshaw and come up with a solution to the funding question.
    The board heard a report on county finances from Treasurer Danny Ragan. The county is at about 50 percent of where the county revenue should be. A $43,000 payment to the county from Peabody Coal is being held in the general fund, but would not remain there and when that money is spent, the county will be facing a fairly severe shortfall in funding for the remaining five months of the fiscal year. The county at this point is about $100,000 in debt.
    “We are not destitute, but we can't spend a lot,” Jackson said.
    The board discussed the subject of eligibility for the county board members to receive pension payments from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. The IMRF requires that county workers serve at least 600 hours on-duty to be eligible for pensions from the state. The board members do not meet this requirement. County Clerk Kim Buchanan informed the board state workers at the IMRF said the board is not in compliance and needed to make decisions as to how to move forward. After a great deal of discussion on this topic and a statement by Joe Jackson that, “There are too many unanswered questions to vote on it now,” the board tabled the topic pending further research.
    After discussion and approval of the pricing and sale of a property in Eldorado commonly known as Ogara House No. 9 which came into county possession in 1973, board member Danny Gibbs addressed the council on the topic of pricing of properties in the Harrisburg Industrial Park.
    Page 2 of 2 - Gibbs stated that he has received questions from potential purchasers and has been unable to respond to them because the properties in question are not priced. Board debate centered on price per acre with the board agreeing that it would be greatly desirable for the property to begin to be sold.
    Prices suggested for the parcels ranged from $30,000 to $125,000 per acre, depending on the location on the parcel. Though not an action item and thusly not requiring formal vote, the board approved further vigorous research and the quick setting of prices, adding that the that the properties should be listed with realtors once the prices had been set.
    In other action the board approved unanimously the appointment of Mark Motsinger and Rebecca Nevitt to fill the vacancies in the Saline County Tourism Board. They will replace John O'Dell and Robert Quick on the tourism board and will be indefinite appointments.

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