NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGTruth in TaxationNotice of Proposed Property Tax IncreaseFor Mercer County, Illinois

Notice of Truth in Taxation Hearing — Proposed Property Tax Increase for Mercer County Illinois

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING — Truth in Taxation

Notice of Proposed Property Tax Increase for Mercer County, Illinois

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing to receive public input on a proposed property tax increase for Mercer County for the fiscal year 2018 will be held on November 1st, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Aledo VFW, 106 SW 3rd Ave, Aledo, Illinois.

The corporate and special purpose property taxes extended or abated for 2017 were $2,949,688. The proposed corporate and special purpose property taxes to be levied 2018 are $3,260,741. This represents a 10.55% increase over the previous year.

The property taxes extended for Public Building Commission leases for 2017 were $981,077. The estimated property taxes to be levied for Public Building Commission leases for 2018 are $1,075,253. This represents a 9.6% increase over the previous year.

The total property taxes extended or abated for 2017 were $3,930,765. The estimated total property taxes to be levied for 2018 are $4,404,493. The sum of all residential, commercial, industrial and farmland assessment represents a 12.05% increase in levied property taxes over the previous year.

Any person, or agency representative, desiring to appear at the public hearing and present testimony to the taxing district may contact County Clerk Sara Blazer at the Mercer County Clerk’s Office or by telephone (309) 582-7021 or may register their desire to appear at least 15 minutes prior to the hearing at the location of the hearing.

Time allotted for the presentation of testimony will be limited to three (3) minutes per the standard practices of the Mercer County Board.

Written testimony may also be submitted in writing to the County Clerk, and will be entered into the record of the hearing.

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Carlos Sarabasa for Mercer County Board District 5

Carlos Sarabasa lives in Aledo and has been married to Linda for 22 years. Their daughter Sophie is a senior at Mercer County High School. Carlos has worked in telecommunications/electrical engineering for the past 30 years and currently is an electrician at Tri City Electric.

In his spare time, he enjoys antiquing with his wife, exercising at the Aledo YMCA, skiing, fishing, hunting, and tinkering on his muscle car, a 1972 Chevrolet Nova SS.

He is a member of the IBEW, the National Fire Protection Association, Knuckle Busters Car Club, Good Guys Car Club, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, the NRA, and is on the board of directors for the Quad Cities Animal Welfare Center.

By serving on the Mercer County Board, Carlos Sarabasa hopes to contribute his part in moving the county in a positive direction of fiscal responsibility, transparency, accountability, and increased economic development.

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Ronald Fullerlove for Mercer County Board District 3

Ronald Fullerlove is a long-time resident of Sherrard and has been married to Georgette for 42 years. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Ron worked in the finance industry for over 30 years and is past Chairman and current member of the Board of Governors, Children’s Dyslexic Learning Center for Children, Moline.

Over the past several years, Ron has served Mercer County residents in numerous capacities — county board, board of review, and treasurer. If you elect him to the Mercer County Board, he hopes to contribute his part in continuing to move the county in a positive direction of fiscal responsibility, transparency, accountability, and increased economic development.

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Danny Hare for Mercer County Board District 2

Danny Hare was born and raised in Galesburg, Illinois. He graduated from Galesburg High School and from the University of Illinois with a degree in civil engineering. On February 9, 1957, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He was married at the beginning of his sophomore year in college, and he and his wife worked their way through college with both of them obtaining a degree. His first job out of college was with the Knox County Highway Department. Later, his career included working with a consulting engineering firm, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the California Department of Water Resources. His longest employment was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Rock Island where he retired as chief of the maintenance branch. He supervised a unit with 5 engineers and 50 construction workers whose mission was to maintain the Mississippi waterway with its locks and dams. He managed a budget of $7 million each year.

His family has lived at his present address in Viola since 1968. His three children, Cynthia, Kenneth and Charles, attended Winola High School. He and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 18, 2003. The Lord took his wife in March, 2004.

Danny hopes, on the Mercer County Board, to represent his friends and neighbors and the good people in the Viola community whom he knows and loves.

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Dena Hawn for Mercer County Board District 1

Dena Hawn is a life-long resident of Keithsburg, having grown up in the home of his parents, Don (deceased) and Iris Hawn, and graduated from Westmer High School in 1980. Dena has farmed his whole life. He married Becky in 1988, and together they have three children: Lynnae (who recently graduated from DePaul) and twins Anna and Damon. Dena likes spending time with his family and is an active member of Grace Evangelical Free Church in Aledo. He is a member of the NRA, and he enjoys riding motorcycle.

Dena Hawn wants to contribute his part in moving Mercer County in the positive direction of fiscal responsibility, transparency, accountability, and increased economic development.

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Josh Frieden for Mercer County Board District 4

Josh Frieden has lived in the New Boston-Eliza area all his life, graduating from Westmer High School in 1998. He and his wife Kelly have three daughters, Aubrey, Anna, and Ayla. Josh manages Keith Frieden Excavating with his parents Bill and Traci Frieden and also owns a small commercial cattle herd. In January of this year Josh became the pastor of Faith Chapel Church.

By serving on the Mercer County Board, Josh hopes to contribute his part in moving the county in a positive direction of fiscal responsibility, transparency, accountability, and increased economic development.

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Concerning the proposed Mercer County Animal Control Ordinance

The Mercer County Board is creating a new Mercer County Animal Control Ordinance. The county currently only has a Rabies Control Ordinance, which is outdated.

The Animal Control Board has been working on this new ordinance for over six months. It has gone through four revisions with the input of all stakeholders. The Animal Control Board has now approved this new ordinance and it will go before the full Mercer County Board on July 5 for approval. The ordinance is currently out for public viewing and can be seen at the court house in the county board room. In addition, there will be a public hearing on June 22 at 5:30 PM at the county highway department building.

One part of the new ordinance is that cats will now need to have a rabies vaccination, and owners will pay an annual county registration fee. Numerous municipalities that contract with Mercer County have asked for help with their cat problems, which is why cat registration is included in the new ordinance.

There is nothing in this proposed Mercer County Animal Control Ordinance about registering feral cats. State law doesn’t allow it. The new ordinance only requires registration and rabies vaccination for dogs and cats which are pets — those dogs and cats for which you claim ownership.

Illinois Statutes (510 ILCS 5/2.11b)
Sec. 2.11b. “Feral cat” means a cat that (i) is born in the wild or is the offspring of an owned or feral cat and is not socialized, (ii) is a formerly owned cat that has been abandoned and is no longer socialized, or (iii) lives on a farm.

The main income stream for the Mercer County Animal Control Department is registration, not property tax levy. Since Animal Control now spends more time dealing with cats than dogs, there is a need for registering and vaccinating cats in addition to dogs. When cats are taken in, they are given rabies shots and spayed or neutered if deemed adoptable. The cat registration fee in the proposed Mercer County Animal Control Ordinance is half of what it is for dogs.

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Ronald Fullerlove Files as Candidate for Mercer County Board District 3

Friday, Ronald Fullerlove, Sherrard, filed papers to run for Mercer County Board District 3. District 3 includes Preemption 1 & 2, and Richland Grove 1 & 3 Precincts.

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Ronald Fullerlove

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Ronald and Georgette Fullerlove

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Carlos Sarabasa Files as Candidate for Mercer County Board District 5

Friday, Carlos Sarabasa, Aledo, submitted papers to run for Mercer County Board District 5, representing Mercer 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 Precincts. Look for Carlos on your November 8 ballot.

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Carlos Sarabasa

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Carlos and Linda Sarabasa

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Carlos Sarabasa and Jay Doherty, Mercer County Republicans Chair

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Josh Frieden Files as Candidate for Mercer County Board District 4

Congratulations and thanks to Josh Frieden, Eliza, who has taken on the task of running for Mercer County Board District 4 (Eliza, Duncan, Perryton, Millersburg, and New Boston Precincts). Vote for Josh on the November 8 ballot.

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Josh Frieden

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Josh Frieden and Joe Vann, Mercer County Board Chair

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Frieden family in Eliza

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Josh is Operations Manager at Keith Frieden Excavating