Politics and Government

Controversial assessments reversed in Ford County

PAXTON — The Ford County Board of Review voted Thursday afternoon to reverse the controversial new assessments that the county’s former supervisor of assessments had assigned to some 1,300 properties in eight communities last year.

PBL school board places amended budget on public display


PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members voted last Wednesday to put an amended 2017-18 fiscal year budget on public display before final approval takes place next month.

Plans finalized for annual Paxton Community Sale

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners finalized plans for the district’s annual Paxton Community Sale during its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The event will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Coady Park, 601 S. Fall St.

Loda buys property to make way for new water tower

LODA — Village Attorney Dale Strough told the Loda Village Board last Wednesday that the village had closed on a real estate transaction, making the village the “proud owner” of a lot on which it may build a new water tower.

GCMS school board approves teachers' contract


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board members on Monday night approved a four-year negotiated contract with the GCMS Education Association, the district’s teachers’ union.

UPDATED: Ford County's chief assessor resigns; meeting postponed

PAXTON — Amid complaints from unhappy taxpayers about the reassessment of their properties in northern Ford County, Supervisor of Assessments Patricia Langland has resigned, effective Monday.

On Tuesday, Langland said that ongoing conflict between her and the Ford County Board led to her decision to step down.

Schuldt appointed village’s new treasurer

BUCKLEY — The village board voted 3-1 last week with two members abstaining to approve the appointment of Julie Schuldt as the new village treasurer.

Bids for PBL projects to see vote

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve bids from contractors for the construction of a 63,400-square-foot addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School and the renovation of that school and PBL High School during its monthly meeting tonight.

Complaints over property reassessments continue

PAXTON — With an even larger crowd on hand than there was at last month’s special Ford County Board meeting, residents and others addressed the board Monday night with complaints about the recent reassessment of properties in the northern portion of the county.

Board Chairman Randy Berger of Gibson City scrupulously held speakers to three minutes each.

Moratorium on new wind farms extended

PAXTON — The Ford County Board on Monday night extended its moratorium on the permitting of any new wind farms indefinitely.

The 120-day moratorium that was approved in October was set to expire soon. At the insistence of board member Tim Nuss of rural Roberts, the ban will not be lifted until the board approves a revised ordinance regulating wind farms.

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