Beardstown is the latest city in West-Central Illinois to look at electric aggregation to see if it will save residents money on their electric bills. The city will put a referendum before voters in November.
Mayor Bob Walters says city council members listened to a presentation by Southern Illinois Municipal Electric Cooperative this week. He says the members asked general questions about the process. He says they seemed satisfied with the answers.
If voters approve the referendum, the city would purchase electricity on their behalf in an effort to get the lowest rate.
The Hancock County Board will put a referendum before voters in November to raise the ambulance service property tax rate.
Voters will decide whether to leave the rate at 10 cents per $100 assessed valuation or to increase it to 25 cents.
Board Chairman David Walker says the county needs more than the current $655,000 it pays to support the district
He says, “The way costs of providing the personnel and the machinery to provide a worthwhile ambulance service (are going) we're going to need more funding, because the funding we have is close to inadequate.”