99 years of experience leaving county board

99 years of experience leaving county board

URBANA — Approval of the county's budget and tax levy increase are on the agenda for Tuesday night's Champaign County Board meeting, the final session for nine of the 27 county board members.

A combined 99 years of experience leaves the board after the meeting that begins at 7 p.m. at the ILEAS conference room, 1701 E. Main St., U. The county board's regular meeting place at the Brookens Administrative Center is being remodeled and won't reopen until next week when the new-look, 22-member board is sworn in. Voters approved a reduction in the size of the board in November 2010.

Among those leaving are the two deans of the board, rural Urbana Republicans Steve Moser and Stanley "Steve" O'Connor, both of whom have served since Dec. 7, 1992.

Moser also was the chairman of the board from 1998 until Democrats took over in 2000. Also stepping down tonight is the current board chairman, C. Pius Weibel, a Champaign Democrat who has been on the board since 2004.

Others retiring include Democrats Carol Ammons of Urbana, a member since 2008; Janet Anderson of Champaign, who joined in 2000; Brendan McGinty of Urbana, a member since 2004; and Tom Betz of Urbana, the board's vice chairman, who has served since 1996. Other Republicans leaving the board include Stephanie Holderfield of Mahomet, a member since 2010; and Ron Bensyl of Royal, a board member for eight years.

The county's proposed $28.8 million property tax levy is 3.34 percent higher than the current year's level, according to County Administrator Deb Busey. It is expected to result in an increase of about 4.27 percent in the county's overall property tax rate.

The tax levy will help support the county's $32.6 million general corporate fund budget for the fiscal year that begins on Saturday.

Also on the agenda are two appointments to the county nursing home board, Dr. Robert Palinkas of Danville and Mary Fraser Hodson of Champaign, and a resolution approving all actions taken by the nursing home board since Jan. 31. The county board neglected to reinstate the nursing home board's bylaws when they expired 10 months ago.

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