As expected, the Fayette County Board last week approved a deficit budget for the fiscal year that began in December. We knew that was coming, based on comments from members of the board's finance committee in recent months.
Declining revenues and increasing expenses are to blame, and the state's failure to make scheduled payments on tax revenues and reimbursements don't help the cause.
Board Chairman Jeff Beckman and other board members said that they will be working with department heads on ways to cut expenses this fiscal year.
1967 – Harold Hartwick, president of First National Bank of Vandalia, was elected president of Group Nine of the Illinois Bankers Association.
Nearly 1.5 inches of rain fell on Sunday, and then on Wednesday, it snowed.
The Vandalia City Council on Tuesday approved Tax Increment Financing agreements to help two businesses and a church with improvement projects.
The agreements help Dennis Grubaugh with the renovation of a downtown building, The Chuckwagon with a parking lot project and First United Methodist Church with a demolition and parking lot project.
The TIF agreement with Grubaugh gives him up to $14,900 for a project estimated to cost $29,800.
A graduate with Brownstown High School’s class of 1987, Brian Smith took Bob Senior’s shop class in high school for as many years as he could (all four years), and his interest and passion for that continued on.