WIUM Local
5:17 am
Mon November 27, 2006

Incentive Possible for Rural Lee County

Lee County, IA – Lee County's unincorporated areas are in line for a new financial incentive to spur development. The Board of Supervisors wants to develop an urban revitalization plan for rural Lee County. Supervisor Joe Kowzan says the program would waive real estate taxes on new residential or commercial properties for 2 years. He says the tax exemption would also be open to property owners looking to expand their current homes by $10,000 or their existing businesses by $15,000.

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WIUM Local
4:49 am
Mon November 27, 2006

Schuyler-Industry to Hike Tax Rate

Rushville, IL – The Schuyler-Industry school district will schedule a Truth in Taxation hearing before its meeting next month. The board approved a levy with a 15-cent increase in the education fund. That brings that levy to almost a $1.7 million dollar request with a tax rate of $2.15 per $100 in valuation. Superintendent Matt Plater says there has been some appreciation in property values in the Schuyler County portion of the district. He says the board has been spending from reserves accumulated when the districts merged, but the board wants to slow the dimunition of those reserves.

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WIUM Local
4:47 am
Mon November 27, 2006

Schuyler-Industry to Hike Tax Rate

Rushville, IL – The Schuyler-Industry school district will schedule a Truth in Taxation hearing before its meeting next month. The board approved a levy with a 15-cent increase in the education fund. That brings that levy to almost a $1.7 million dollar request with a tax rate of $2.15 per $100 in valuation. Superintendent Matt Plater says there has been some appreciation in property values in the Schuyler County portion of the district. He says the board has been spending from reserves accumulated when the districts merged, but the board wants to slow the dimunition of those reserves.

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WIUM Local
2:51 am
Mon November 27, 2006

Fort Madison Approves Tool for Siemens

Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison has once again approved a financial incentive for Siemens Power Generation, after several modifications. The initial plan extended a tax increment financing district to include Siemens' new plant and a pair of properties located just outside city limits. The county raised some concerns over the city having taxing authority over the two parcels of county land. Fort Madison P & Z director, Ed Basch, says the revised plan, recently adopted by the city council, addresses the concerns surrounding the two properties.

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WIUM Local
3:40 am
Sat November 25, 2006

Bushnell Sells Old Police Station

Bushnell, IL – Bushnell has sold its old police station, but the new owner will continue to share the space with the town's police radio equipment. Mayor Steve Russell says the city will save a lot of money by not having to move the tower and the radio gear to the new city quarters in a former lumberyard along the highway. He says the sale was made with the understanding that city crews would have maintenance access. He says the city received four bids for the old downtown police station. The winning bid was for about $15,000.

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WIUM Local
2:49 am
Sat November 25, 2006

Lee County Could Change Voting Site

Keokuk, IA – After heavy turnout in 1 precinct, Lee County could be changing that precinct's polling location. The Board of Supervisors created several super-precincts, last year, to try to save money by reducing the need for new voting machines. One such precinct was formed by combining the Washington, Denmark, and Green Bay townships, with the Great River Regional Waste Authority serving as the polling site. During the recent election, this new super-precinct led the way in ballots cast by roughly 200.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Fri November 24, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
3:46 am
Fri November 24, 2006

New Well Costs More Than Anticipated

Rushville, IL – Rushville aldermen will split the cost of a new city well between two budget years. Mayor Ron Shepherd says the city had budgeted $165,000 for the new water well in the Illinois River bottomland. However, including construction and electrical service, the cost will be more than $300,000. Shepherd says construction will begin this winter, but the additional cost will be paid in the fiscal year beginning next May 1.

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WIUM Local
2:46 am
Fri November 24, 2006

Keokuk Counters Contract Offers To Unions

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk's counter-offers to 2 unions do not include the pay hikes employees were seeking. The General Union, which includes employees from the bridge, parks, and streets departments, is seeking a 2-year deal with pay hikes of 6.5% and 6.0%. Employees at the Water Pollution Control Plant want a 3-year deal with an annual 6% across the board hike. The city has countered with a pair of 3-year contract proposals. Each deal calls for an annual 1.5% pay hike.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Thu November 23, 2006

Afternoon Edition

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