Keokuk, IA – A proposed mental health community center in Lee County has hit a road block. The Lee County Board of Supervisors has tabled a proposal to develop a facility that would be open 20 hours a week in Fort Madison. The board started accepting proposals for such a center about 8 months ago. Supervisor Bob Woodruff says too much time has passed and the board needs to re-evaluate the county's need for the center. He says the board should wait until March to discuss the center, so the supervisors can focus on crafting the county's budget at the start of the new year.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen have agreed to start levying a tax to pay the city's share of building the public safety center. But support for the plan was not unanimous. The vote was 5-2 to levy for half of the tax. Dennis Moon and Tim Lobdell opposed the proposal. Lobdell says it's a violation of public trust to collect a tax that previous city council members had promised to abate. Supporters say the city is struggling financially and needs to consider all revenue sources. Both sides agree this does not solve the city's revenue problems. The levy will generate nearly $70,000.
Warsaw, IL – The Warsaw School District's property tax levy for next year will remain steady, compared to the current year. Superintendent Kim Schilson says the total levy for the 2006-2007 school year will be about $915,000. A property tax levy is the maximum amount a district can bring in from property taxes. Schilson says next year's levy is about the same as the current levy, if not just slightly higher. She says the school board considered increasing the amount levied for its tort immunity fund, but chose not to because of the potential impact on taxes.
Nauvoo, IL – By a narrow margin, Nauvoo's city council has approved the first reading of a zoning ordinance change. The alteration could allow construction of a cheese making plant near the Baxter Winery. Mayor John McCarty cast the deciding vote after the aldermen split on the issue. McCarty says the zoning change would regulate food processing, and would not apply to other manufacturing. Any other such use would also have to receive a special use permit from the city. McCarty says more than 100 nearby residents signed a petition opposing the change.