County board raises fees

County board raises fees

URBANA — Champaign County Board members Thursday approved a number of fee increases, including higher charges at the county nursing home.

Effective Dec. 1, the skilled nursing care rate will increase to $184.11 a day, dementia care will cost $212.78 a day and advanced dementia care will be $227.11 a day. There also will be a $44.10 a day premium charged for a private suite.

Adult day services will be $78.27 a day, or $51.81 a half day.

Board members also approved an increase in the circuit clerk's document storage fee, assessed on almost all cases filed at the courthouse, from $5 to $15. Small claims and traffic cases will see an increase from $5 to $10. The increase, requested by Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman, will help maintain the clerk's document storage system. The fee has remained unchanged since August 1994.

Also Thursday, the law library fee was increased from $10 to $17 for each civil filing. The fee helps support the law library at the courthouse and the self-representation help desk.

And a court automation fee, to help pay for computers, software and other technology devices, was increased from $10 to $15. It is assessed on virtually all court cases. For traffic and small claims cases, however, the fee will remain at $10.

Board members also approved a $135,745 contract with Otto Baum Co. of Morton for exterior masonry repair and maintenance at the county courthouse. The contract also includes cleaning and sealing the exterior masonry on the south and west sides of the newer section of the courthouse.

The board also approved the appointment of Jama Lyn Thomas of Champaign as a resident commissioner on the Champaign County Housing Authority Board for a term to run until July 31, 2015.

Two of the 22 board members were absent from the meeting, Republicans Jeff Kibler and Gary Maxwell.

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