Board OKs another deficit budget

DIXON – The Lee County Board approved its $20 million budget, with a deficit in several funds, including its largest.

The budget was approved 15-6 during the board’s meeting Tuesday morning. The votes against came from David Gusse, R-Dixon; Jerry Leffelman, R-Sublette; Marilyn Shippert, R-Dixon; Dick Binder, R-Compton; Bernie Buckley, R-Dixon; and Allyn Buhrow, R-Ashton.

Arlan McClain, R-Dixon, and Tom Kitson, R-Dixon, were absent for the vote, as was Kasey Considine, D-Amboy, who arrived after the vote.

During the meeting, Binder said this was another budget with a deficit and no attempt to reduce it.

The budget’s general fund, which is what most of the county is funded through, was set at $8.6 million, with a deficit of $726,922. However, $750,000 was budgeted to be transferred in.

According to the budget, the remaining deficit will be addressed through the fund’s cash balance, which at the end of 2012 was $1.3 million. The same will be done for other funds with a deficit.

The 2012-13 fiscal year budget had the general fund at $8.4 million and a deficit of $876,109 and $600,000 budgeted to be transferred in.

To attend

The Lee County Board next meets at 9 a.m. Dec. 17 on the third floor of the Old Lee County Courthouse, 112 E. Second St. in Dixon.

Go to or call 815-288-5676 for an agenda or more information.