A balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2015 was approved by the Clinton County Board at its regular meeting Monday night. Accountant Fred Becker of Glass & Shuffett Ltd. of Carlyle presented the revised budget noting that the Finance Committee, in conjunction with the county’s department heads, has been working hard to keep the county’s proposed expenditures and revenue in check.The end result is a General Fund with an estimated $7,791,761 in expenditures with an equal amount in estimated receipts and transfers. The county will start and end the next fiscal year with an estimated balance of $3,200,000.
The board approved $6,154,960 in budgeted expenditures for Special Revenue Funds and a $5,330,000 budget for Highway Funds.
The board also approved tax levies for the 2014 payable 2015 levy, totaling $5,687,968, and contracts for the 19 Special Services Areas for ambulance service, totaling $692,519.
The increase on all these tax levies is less than 5 percent, so no truth-in-taxation hearing is needed by the County Board.
Prior to approving the new budget, the board approved budget revisions for the FY 2014 budget.
Through the help of Fedor, the police dog of the New Baden Police Department, police were able to seize drugs and money from a California couple last year. New Baden police officer Jeff Mavrogeorge said that on the afternoon of Dec. 17, 2013, he was patrolling the area and observed a silver Chevrolet Tahoe on the eastbound exit ramp of Interstate 64 in New Baden.
“The vehicle was parked like it was broken down,” he said. He drove past and didn’t see anyone and turned around and drove past again, and saw another vehicle pull up to the Tahoe.
Mavrogeorge observed a gentleman get out of the vehicle and go toward the silver Tahoe.
Mavrogeorge once again turned around and saw that there were four people by the vehicle.
“I could tell that they were panicked by my presence,” he said.
Mavrogeorge made “small talk” with the group, who in turn said that their vehicle broke down, and, all four left the scene in the other vehicle (with the Tahoe still at the scene).
He said that he called fellow New Baden Police Officer Bruce Rapien and the department’s K-9 dog Fedor to the scene.
Within 10 minutes, two of the four came back with a tow truck, just as Fedor arrived. He instantly alerted to drugs and upon searching the vehicle, police obtained just under 1 pound of cannabis, LSD (acid), prescription pills, two soft-air guns spraypainted to look like real guns, and $2,900 in cash.
The Mater Dei Lady Knights volleyball season came to a close on the grand stage of the Class 3A State Tournament on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal last weekend. The Lady Knights claimed the 3rd-place trophy after falling to eventual State Champion Wheaton-St. Francis on Friday in the semifinal before taking out Lombard Montini on Saturday.
The Lady Knights finished the season with an impressive 38-4 record with their only losses coming to St. Francis, Bloomington High School, Cor Jesu and St. Joseph’s Academy.
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