By MATT HOPF
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
The Adams County Board approved a $9.044 million tax levy Tuesday night, which is $28,000 less than the $9.072 million levy approved last year.
The levy is also $119,000 less than the one the Finance Committee forwarded to the County Board on Monday night.
A formula change in the levy for employee pensions was adjusted, which reduced that portion of the overall levy by about $170,000.
"It's a formula that is set up to determine the expenses based on all the payrolls and the funding level for the pension, and that number changed," said Finance Committee Chairman Duane Venvertloh, R-7. "So at the last minute, we did some jockeying around with some of the numbers."
The levy is expected to produce a projected tax rate of 89.03 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, which is lower than the 90.17 cents that taxpayers paid this year. The owner of a $100,000 house in the county is projected to save $3.90 on the county's portion of his or her tax bill.
"It's hopefully an ‘everybody wins' situation," Venvertloh said.
Because of the change in the levy for pension funding, $25,000 was restored to the Health Department and another $25,000 will be provided to the developmentally disabled levy, increasing it to $600,000. The committee also on Monday had agreed to reduce the Health Department's levy by $25,000 to $225,000 and increase the developmentally disabled levy by $25,000 to $575,000.
"We were able to reinstate what (the Health Department) received last year ($250,000), rather than cutting them $25,000," he said.
Representatives from Transitions of Western Illinois and the county's Mental Health Board asked that the committee consider increasing the developmentally disabled tax levy to $682,000, which is what was levied in 2009.
The levy was approved by a 20-0 vote. Board member Theresa Bockhold, R-7, was absent.
2012 Adams County Tax Levy
General Fund $2,742,878
IMRF (Pension) $1,452,448
Liability Insurance $457,840
County Highway $914,293
County Bridge $457,146
County Matching $457,146
Health Department $250,000
TB Treatment $74,000
Developmentally Disabled $600,000
Co-op Extension $134,000