Politics and Government

2nd installment of property taxes due in Ford County on Sept. 4

PAXTON — Ford County landowners are reminded that Friday, Sept. 4, is the due date for payment of the second installment of their 2014 property taxes.

Taxes may be paid at the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton, in the drop box in front of the courthouse, at any Ford County bank or by mail if postmarked no later than Sept. 4.

Gibson City Council sells old squad car

GIBSON CITY — City council members took care of limited business during a short council meeting Monday night and identified several areas for future consideration.

Melvin resident complaints to village board about sidewalk, more

MELVIN — A Melvin resident complained to the village board at its August meeting that the sidewalk in front of the entrance to Village Hall features an incline that is difficult for her to walk up, and she said that a railing would be a big help.

Petition circulation period starts Sept. 1 for March election

Candidates for seats in the March 15 primary election in Ford and Iroquois counties may begin circulating petitions of nomination on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The first day for candidates of established political parties to file their nomination papers with their respective county clerk’s office is Monday, Nov. 23. The last day to file the necessary papers is Monday, Nov. 30.

Loda board president rescinds his resignation

LODA — Loda Village Board President Ron Dudley has decided not to resign after all.

Dudley announced his resignation, effective Sept. 1, during the Aug. 12 board meeting. He gave no reason, saying only that “I have had enough of this.”

Fishing and recreation area at Gibson City industrial park to be explored

GIBSON CITY — An exploratory committee recently formed to pursue creating a fishing and recreation area at the Jordan Industrial Park’s pond west of town will meet for the first time at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at City Hall, 101 E. Eighth St., Gibson City.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the development of the pond.

PBL school district looking to increase its borrowing capacity

PAXTON — Anticipating that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s pro-business proposal to implement property tax caps will be signed into law, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district is looking to increase its borrowing capacity so it can have enough funds to complete an estimated $10 million in mandated work on its buildings.

PBL's projected $1.1M deficit might not end up that bad

PAXTON — The $1.1 million deficit projected in the Paxton-Buckely-Loda school district’s proposed budget for this fiscal year reflects a “worst-case scenario,” Superintendent Cliff McClure said.

Hopefully, McClure said, the budget, when approved by the PBL school board in September, won’t contain nearly as much red ink.

Loda man continues to argue district can't give Bayles Lake any money

LODA — The Loda Sanitary District’s three-member board still intends to divide its remaining funds on hand, whenever it dissolves, between the village of Loda and unincorporated community of Bayles Lake — despite a Loda resident’s contention that the village legally is entitled to all of that money.

PBL schools eliminate one bus route

PAXTON — As a cost-saving measure, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district has reduced the number of its bus routes, from 10 to nine.

The school board voted unanimously Monday night to eliminate one bus route. Four other routes have been adjusted to make up for the elimination of that route, Superintendent Cliff McClure said.

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