County Announces Tax Bill Due Dates

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Published on June 18 2012 5:36 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham County Treasurer Steve Dasenbrock told county board members Monday that the due dates have been tentatively set for payment of county property tax bills.

Dasenbrock said he doesn't like to announce the due dates if he thinks they could change, so at least the first installment will be due August 10 while the second installment will be due October 12.  Both dates are Fridays, when Dasenbrock says most people get their paychecks.

(MEMBERS OF THE STATE CHAMPION ST. ANTHONY BULLDOGS BASEBALL TEAM ARE RECOGNIZED BY THE EFFINGHAM COUNTY BOARD MONDAY.  AT FAR LEFT IS BULLDOGS COACH KENNY MILLER; AT FAR RIGHT IS COUNTY BOARD CHAIRMAN CAROLYN WILLENBURG, WHO IS READING A PROCLAMATION HONORING THE TEAM)

A total of $41,292,578.94 is being extended for taxes, a little more than $1 million more than last year, a 2.7% increase.  Dasenbrock will announce later when the tax bills will be in the mail.

The County Board Monday approved the allocation of $88,794.93 in corporate personal property replacement tax revenue.  The County traditionally abates the County property tax levy by the amount received in replacement tax revenue.

Board members approved a two dollar charge on court cases excluding cases where a person charged with speeding pays the fine over the counter and doesn't have to go to court.  State's Attorney Ed Deters said the charge would be assessed on any case that goes to court.  The revenue will help pay for records management software and hardware.  The Circuit Clerk's office has a similar fee in place; the General Assembly only recently assessed the charge for State's Attorney's offices.

The Board approved a series of appointments and reappointments to various boards and commissions.  Those include Stan Bahrns to another three-year term on the County Airport Commission; Norm Miller to another three-year term on the County Housing Authority; Gerald Jansen and Gloria Adams to additional three-year terms on the County 377 Board; Dr. James Gartner, Barbara Utz, Gene Logue and David McDevitt to additional three-year terms on the County 708 Board; Terry White to another two-year term on the County 911 Board; and Norbert Soltwedel to a new two-year term on the County 911 Board, succeeding Ken Schwerman.  County Board member Jim Niemann voted against a new term for White on the 911 Board; all other votes were unanimous.

Board members honored those county athletes at the junior high and high school levels who reached the state track meets, and recognized Kenny Miller and the St. Anthony Bulldogs for their state championship at the Class 1A Baseball Tournament.  The Board also approved a bridge aid petition from Lucas Township for some work on a bridge over 1800th Street, a quarter-mile south of 300th Avenue.  The $3,000 cost will be split between the county and the township.

The Board approved the annual update to the district's 2012 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy prepared by SCIRP&DC; approved the prevailing wage ordinance for contracted work done for the County with Board members Jim Niemann and Dave Campbell voting No on the measure; heard from Board member Rob Arnold that work on the Poor Farm Cemetery should be completed by year's end with the fencing in place by the close of summer; learned that more than 1000 pounds of medication has been collected through the P2D2 program overseen the Effingham County 4-H Youth Ambassadors; and heard from County Emergency Management Agency Director Russ Thomas that Effingham County and the surrounding area could be in drought status by next week.