Referendum for sales tax pursued

countyThe Stark County board is pursuing the public safety tax referendum.  Final details have not been decided; however the board will be placing the issue on the February primary ballot.
The public safety tax is a retail tax, not a property tax, so it will be applied to everyone who purchases retail merchandise in Stark County.  Exempt from the tax is car sales, medical equipment sales and prescriptions.
Stark County board moves ahead on elevator project
The Stark County board voted to approve a bid for the new elevator project in the Stark County Courthouse at their regular meeting last week.  The board awarded Construction Partners the elevator bid for $169,900.  The board had delayed awarding the contract to see how the state of Illinois would proceed with their capital grant funding.   The governor of Illinois Pat Quinn is waiting to fund the grant money until later this year so the county will not receive funds until the beginning of next year. 
The project will be funded by a loan from the Illinois Department of Agriculture rural affairs.  The board hopes the project will be completed by the end of the year.
Search for auditing bids
 The County Board discussed their options for collecting bids from other auditors in the area.  The board also wanted to clarify when the current auditor Doug Irwin’s contract is completed.  The board will be working on the county budget for next year. It will be important to finalize auditor plans as soon as possible.
 The next regular board meeting will be held on October 13 at 7 p.m.

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