The Omaha Village board was again held by teleconference on Monday, September 14, and President Bob Lambert made a statement to the board regarding the recent resignation of Brooke Rider from her seat. [Read more...]
The ballot for the November election contains a public safety tax referendum of 1% in White County. What follows is a fact sheet on the safety tax question. Just like the 1% school facility tax that was voted for in 2014, this tax is estimated to bring in approximately $1,000,000 in added revenue to county agencies.
1. Will the PUBLIC SAFETY TAX affect my real estate taxes?
No. The PUBLIC SAFETY TAX is solely on purchases made within White County. Your real estate taxes are unaffected by this. [Read more...]
Registered White County voters can cast their ballots in the November 3, 2020 election in person starting on Thursday this week at the White County Courthouse. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the County Clerk's office. County Clerk Beth Sell states that the polls will also be open on November 3 if you wish to vote in your precinct. Below is the sample ballot. Also on the ballot, is the question whether to amend the Illinois Constitution to change the way income is taxed in Illinois. Income in Illinois is currently taxed at a flat rate.
Two other items that county voters will decide on in this election: one is a new safety tax of 1% that would be added to the current sales tax rate. If the safety tax passes, the county sales tax rate would be 8.25% while Carmi's would increase to 9%. The safety tax lost by 147 votes the last time it was on the ballot in 2018. The other question voters are asked to decide is if White County should cooperate with other counties in a movement to form a new state, separate from Chicago and Cook County. (Click on images below to enlarge.)
Below is the resignation letter sent to the Carmi-White County Unit #5 school board today. Board member Kelli Chapman was elected in 2013 from Hawthorne Township and was in her second term which ends next spring.
"To: CWC School Board and Superintendent
Due to my personal convictions, I am no longer able to serve as a member of the Carmi-White County Unit #5 School Board.
It is with deep regret that I find it impossible to continue down the path the district is on and hereby resign my position.
It has been an honor to serve the students of my home town and I wish every one of them the very best.
Kelli M. Chapman
An unusually large crowd showed up at the Enfield Village Board meeting on Tuesday as the September agenda aimed to address a road issue that would affect farmers and truckers getting crops through the Village to Consolidated Grain and Barge (CGB) on Church Street. [Read more...]