Macomb, IL – McDonough County's Budget Committee is polishing a final draft of the budget for the fiscal year beginning Dec. 1. It shows general fund income of about $3.8 million against spending of about $4 million. The county's auditor says income has been relatively flat, with the dropping value of farmland offsetting increases in residential assessed valuation. Board Chairman Bob Harwick says the county has not yet begun to see income expected from the landfill expansion. In addition, the county is trying to pay off loans made to the general fund from other funds.
Keokuk, IA – There are many candidates seeking office in the upcoming city elections throughout Southeast Iowa. One race is for a seat on the Keokuk City Council representing the 5th Ward. The 5th ward stretches from Main Street to Grand Avenue, between 15th street and Boulevard. The candidates hoping to represent that part of Keokuk are newcomers Justin Tuck and Tracy Grisham. The 5th ward seat has been vacant for more than 6 months.
You can hear Jason Parrott's preview of the race in Keokuk's 5th ward by clicking on the audio link above.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County plans to levy money for the Public Building Commission for the coming year's budget. Board Chairman Bob Harwick says the county has traditionally abated about $276,000 of that levy, making up the difference with money from the Public Safety Sales Tax. However, the county's auditor John Lehman says unless the county levies the additional money, it could end the coming fiscal year with only enough of a balance to cover a few days of operations.