Budget near for Ford health department

Budget near for Ford health department

PAXTON — The board plans to approve the first budget for the county's newly created public health department in May, showing projected expenses of $898,208 and revenues of $936,844.

The proposed budget, presented to the county board this week, was created by Steve Williams, the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department's interim administrator.

The bi-county health department will be dissolved on July 1, the date two new health departments serving Ford and Iroquois counties begin operation.

Mike Short, president of the Ford County Public Health Department board, said the budget is for the period of July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. That is expected to be the agency's fiscal year.

The budget shows $434,993 in revenue from the county's tax levy and leftover money from the bi-county agency, plus $341,074 from grants and $160,777 from fees received for services and contracts.

Expenses include $289,690 for administration costs, $148,518 for the environmental health program, $166,651 for the communicable disease program, $117,000 for the Maternal Child Health program and $176,349 for senior services.

In other board business:

— It made plans to vote in May on a request from the University of Illinois Extension for the county to levy $50,000 on behalf of the Extension next year.

— Highway engineer Greg Perkinson said there has been no contact with the owners of the proposed Dogtown Wind Farm near Paxton or K4 Wind Farm near Kempton. Perkinson also said the final payment to the townships from the Pioneer Trail Wind Farm near Paxton is past due.

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