Also Rex Dukeman inquired about another earlier issue, whether county board members are eligible for county health insurance coverage. Board Chairman Mike ZuHone said the board will likely leave it until after the 2020 election, when redistricting will mean all 12 board seats will be up for election.
DiNaso, Perry and Dukeman are members of a group called the Concerned Taxpayers of Coles County, which regularly addresses and criticizes the board.
Meanwhile, the board’s votes Tuesday included approval of the county’s 2021 fiscal year budget.
The budget totals just more than $13.5 million in both revenues and expenses. That’s about a 5% increase from the 2020 budget, largely because of higher salaries corresponding with a new contract for county sheriff’s deputies.
The board also approved a $160,000 allocation from the county’s senior citizens tax levy. The funds will also go to the same organizations and the last two years: the Coles County Council on Aging, Care Horizon and the Peace Meal program.
Also, the board presented plaques to ZuHone and to board member Brian Marvin. Both members’ didn’t seek re-election and their terms end this month.