County board member questions need for veteran commission
PAXTON — Board member Randy Ferguson has done some research — and plans to do some more — to find out whether a real need exists for the county to start its own Veterans Assistance Commission.
U.S. Army veteran Anthony Guarino of Piper City proposed the idea of forming a local commission this summer. He wrote a letter to the editor of the Paxton Record, urging veterans to attend Monday's county board meeting to ask for action.
But neither Guarino nor any members of the public showed up.
"I haven't seen a rush of people needing this," Ferguson said.
Ferguson, however, said he will do his "due diligence" and check with local veterans organizations — such as VFW and American Legion posts — to see if they are aware of many local veterans who could use a VAC for assistance.
According to Ferguson, before a VAC could be formed, two or more veterans organizations would need to submit a formal request to the county board, and a commission would then need to be established by the board. Also, a property tax increase of 0.04 percent in Ford County would be required to support the organization.