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Adams County approves new budget

Adams County has a new budget but you may pay more to cover a county shortfall.

Part of the new budget adds $500,000 dollars to the Ambulance District. County board members said that’s because of all the costs that go into running a high level ambulance service.

At Tuesday’s county board meeting, a majority of board members voted to approve the new budget which funds things like the Ambulance District.

But to cover a $900,000 shortfall, a tax levy increase will be needed.

The finance committee chairman, Bret Austin, said that increase will be about 2.4% for the county’s portion of your property taxes.

“We cut expenses where we could and we’re getting down to the point where we’re cutting to the bone over the last couple of years so that’s not going to be our end all be all solution,” said Austin. “We’re going to have to look at other ways that this county can generate revenue or expand economically in the county.”

The board discussed one of those creative ways to add revenue Tuesday.

The county is considering the P.A.C.E. program which stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy Program.

Board Member Kent Snider said it would be an incentive for businesses to come to the area and it would benefit businesses by making it cheaper to expand or build by using clean energy.

“You know an expansion of businesses is more jobs, more money, more revenue and more business for everyone,” said Snider.

Snider said he hopes more action is taken on the program at next month’s board meeting.

Also at Tuesday’s county board meeting:

  • The board heard an update on the Adams County Jail. Crews were given a 28-day extension to complete the building which means it will be complete in the middle of next November rather than the middle of October.
  • The county made several budget appropriations into different accounts.
  • The board approved the county acting as a fiduciary for West Central Illinois Task Force.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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