Carthage, IL – A new Illinois assessment system is expected to have Hancock County farmland values decline an average of about eight percent. Supervisor of Assessments Dale Bolton says the new system rates farmland on the soil type, instead of the previous University of Illinois-issued productivity index. Bolton says some land will go down, and some could more than double its tax value. He says as farmland values drop, other types of personal property could be more heavily taxed to make up the difference.
Rushville, IL – Rushville and its disposal company have solved most objections to the town's new mandatory trash pickup ordinance. Mayor Ron Shepherd says residents who leave town for the winter will receive a minimum bill for the months they're gone. In addition, the company will haul the trash totes from the homes of residents who are unable to take them to the curb. Shepherd says a few low-income residents have qualified to avoid paying the monthly $14 fee. Shepherd says the firm also waived the monthly bill for a reservist couple that was called up for service in Iraq.
Macomb, IL – The new exhibit at the Western Illinois Museum is called "The Collection A to Z: Arrowheads to Zeno." The displayed artifacts are divided into 26 topic areas. There's one area for each letter of the alphabet. Museum board treasurer Gil Belles says the exhibit was an opportunity to display some items that have not been shown for a while. The exhibit opened this week and will remain on display until early March. A reception will be held Saturday December 3, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.