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  • Council rejects higher tax levy

    By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

    Two weeks after a number of residents voiced their opposition to the city's plan to increase tax rates for three funds to the maximum levels, the Vandalia City Council rejected a tax levy with those higher rates.

    The council voted 4-4 on the new tax levy, and Mayor Rick Gottman cast a tie-breaking, dissenting vote.

  • News Briefs (Dec. 2)

    Rotary Christmas Parade is Saturday

    Santa will make his first visit of the season to the Vandalia area when he rides his sleigh into town in the Rotary Christmas Parade this Saturday.

  • Community Calendar (Dec. 2)

    Thursday, December 2

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.

  • County approves balanced budget

    The Fayette County Board had only two items on the agenda when it met in special session on Tuesday – passage of a new budget and tax levy for the new fiscal year. But it turned out to be one of its longest meetings in a long time.

    The passage of a balanced $10.671-million budget came close to two hours after the board, and some employees of the county, discussed the current and future financial condition of the county.

  • Halfway there

    The renovation of the building that will be the new home of the Fayette County Health Department is about 50-percent completed, and the cost of the renovation is running close to projections.

    The health department plans to begin moving about half a block east, to the former home of Leo Brown Lumber, in a little more than two months.

  • IDOT presents new set of Route 51 alignments

    A steady stream of citizens converged on the Mother of Dolors Parish Center last Tuesday to study six maps on display during a four-hour public information meeting hosted by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

  • News Briefs-Nov. 25, 2010

    Rotary Christmas Parade set for Dec. 4

    Santa will make his first visit of the season to the Vandalia area when he rides his sleigh into town in the Rotary Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4.

  • Toys for Tots collection begins this Friday

    The Vandalia car and truck dealership that operates the Toys for Tots program each year is getting ready to accept donations.
    Arthur Young Inc. in Vandalia is again sponsoring the Toys for Tots drive, accepting toys that will be given to less-fortunate children in Fayette County at Christmas time.
    Arthur Young Inc., located at 122 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, is accepting donations of new or like-new toys and other items for children. It will start accepting donations this Friday.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 25

    THANKSGIVING
    ✔ The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will hold its fourth annual Community Thanksgiving Meal from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the American Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St., Vandalia. There is no charge, and reservations are not required. Anyone needing transportation may call First Baptist Church, 283-0313, by noon next Tuesday.

    Friday, November 26

  • Residents voice opposition to proposed tax rate increases

    Twenty residents showed up on Monday evening to hear about the city of Vandalia’s plan to consider raising three rates on its new tax levy, and more than a quarter of them voiced opposition to the plan.
    The city’s auditor, Timmermann and Co. Ltd., told city officials earlier this month that it could consider raising the corporate, fire protection and police protection rates to the maximum allowable by law as part of its effort to address a budget shortfall of about $250,000.