County approves tax levies
By Tesa Glass
MT. VERNON — The Jefferson County Board approved a $3.6 million tax levy for 2018-19.
The levies were figured at 5 percent, which is the limit for increases without holding the mandated Property Tax Extension Limitation hearing for the public.
The largest increase is in the General Corporate Fund levy, which went from $312,624.09 to $589,147.12 for an increase of $276,152.03. The second-largest increase is in the County Highway levy, which was $382,195.50 in 2018-18, going to $401,305, a difference of $19,109.50.
Three levies were decreased from the 2017-18 property tax year — Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Workers Compensation and the Tuberculosis Fund. IMRF shows a decrease in levy of $135,338.31, going to $735,000 from $870,338.31. Workers Compensation was decreased by $29,205.75, going from $218,205.75 to $189,000.
The levy for the Tuberculosis Fund was tentatively set at $82,9230 during the Fiscal Committee meeting, however during the full board meeting a week later on Nov. 26, Board Member Sean Wilkey proposed lowering the levy by $25,000 and adding the $25,000 to the General Corporate Fund, citing the funds were not needed in the Tuberculosis Fund and would be needed in the coming fiscal year for the General Fund. The motion passed, but was not unanimous, with board members Wayne Hicks, Joey McDermott, Adam Ortgiesen and Jeff Stewart voting against the change. The end result was the Tuberculosis Fund levy set at $56,920, down $21,099.36 from the previous year’s levy of $78,019.36.
Levies and the amounts which will be collected in the 2018-19 fiscal year are:
General Corporate: $589,147.12, up $276,152.03 from the previous year;
IMRF: $735,000, down $135,338.31 from the previous year;
County Highway: $401,305, up $19,109.50 from the previous year;
County Bridge: $176, 711.38, up $8,835.62 from the previous year;
708 Mental Health: $150,900, up $7,185.35 from the previous year;
Tuberculosis: $56,920, down $21,099.36 from the previous year;
Federal Matching Aid: $185,647, up $8,935.62 from the previous year;
Health Department: $174,172, up $8,293.89 from the previous year;
County Liability: $272,789, up $12,989.49 from the previous year;
FICA: $441,000, up $4,886.66 from the previous year;
Extension Service: $112,236, up $5,344.50 from the previous year;
Workers Compensation: $189,000, down $29,205.75 from the previous year; and
Medicare: $111,605.12, up $5,317.14 from the previous year.