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Budget talks begin in Lee County

Finance Committee to hear proposals through Monday

DIXON – It’s that time of year again: Lee County budget hearings began at the Old Lee County Courthouse on Wednesday morning, when six departments delivered their budget proposals.

Some highlights from the morning came from the Public Defender’s Office and the Highway Department.

Public Defender Bob Thompson said, with the retirement of its office manager, his office plans to consolidate two positions, which could save about $20,000 a year. Afterward, Fiscal Committee Chairman Arlan McClain joked to Thompson that he had won the “gold star award” for the day.

Lee County Engineer Dave Anderson proposed the first part of what he hopes will be a 5-year plan to replace all his department’s trucks. He proposed an increase in an equipment allowance from $37,500 to $315,000 to lease four trucks and buy a backhoe, an excavator, and an end loader.

Other departments that presented Wednesday were County Board, treasurer, assessor, and Regional Office of Education.

To attend

Budget hearings are being held through Monday on the third floor of the Old Lee County Courthouse, 112 East Second Street.

The schedule is as follows:

Today

9 a.m. – Animal Control

9:30 – Maintenance

10 – Planning and Zoning

10:30 – LOTS

11 – IT/Geographical Information System (GIS)

Friday

8 a.m. – Probation

8:30 – Health Department

9 – Judges

9:30 – ESDA

10 – Coroner

10:30 – Sheriff

11 – State's Attorney

Monday

8 a.m. – Circuit Clerk

8:30 – County Clerk

9 – Veterans

9:30 – Insurance and Bonds, Group Health, Misc.

7 p.m. – Social Services

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