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Public Safety Tax
Henry County will have an important referendum on the March 20th ballot. The County is asking for a ½ percent sales tax to benefit public safety. Revenue from a public safety tax can only be used for crime prevention, detention, police, medical ambulance, or other emergency services.
The Henry County Sheriff’s office has suffered the loss of 11 full time staff over the past 10 years, squad cars must be replaced, and unfunded mandates for body cameras and other equipment must be met. Transport, medical, and housing costs for inmates have risen. The average number of inmates has risen from 40 in the 1990s to 100 currently.
A prior public safety tax referendum failed by a narrow margin. The County was forced to find another way to pay for necessary services. Charging dispatching fees to municipalities and other government entities became the alternate method. The Village of Orion’s cost was proposed at $17,000 or more, annually. It was also proposed that some municipalities and ambulance services would pay little or nothing, based on affordability. The Village of Orion found this method to be unfair to its residents, but dispatching fees will be considered again if this public safety tax referendum fails.
With a public safety tax, non-residents as well as residents would help pay the cost of public safety. Anyone passing through the county and making a taxable purchase would provide revenue for the public safety of Henry County. If a cup of coffee and doughnut cost $1.84, the public safety tax would add only $0.01 to the purchase. Exempt from the proposed tax are groceries, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cars, boats, and motorcycles.
Please Vote Tuesday, March 20th.
President and Board of Trustees
Village of Orion
Cross-Connection Control Survey - It's Never Too Late To Submit!
The Village is required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to obtain completed surveys from each property owner in Orion. A Cross-Connection Control Survey was included in the June edition of The Nosy Neighbor newsletter. If you have not yet completed this survey, click on the Downloads tab at the top of this page, select General then Cross Connection Control Survey, print a copy, complete, and return to Village Hall.
If you do not complete a survey, village employees will come to your door and complete it with you. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Can't remember if you submitted the survey? Call us at 309-526-8139. We can help!
Henry County Health Department
For complete information on health programs of benefit to county residents, contact www.henrystarkhealth.com or 309-852-7256. An example of its beneficial programs is the WIC program, assisting qualifying women and children with supplemental foods while learing benefits of proper health and nutrition.
Those wishing to dispose of appliances may contact Joel Conrad at 1.309.945.1944 or Mike DePaepe at 1.309.235.2188 for private disposal.
Another Option for E-Waste
Eagle Enterprises Recycling, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of an electronics collection site at its facility in Galva. Beginning January 2012, the number of electronic items banned from landfills will be expanded, making it ever more difficult to dispose of those televisions, computer monitors, printers, and the like.
Electronic recyclables cannot be combined with residential recyclables, so DO NOT put electronics in your curbside bin. Electronics can only be disposed by transporting them to 510 S. E. Industrial Avenue, Galva, during Eagle's business hours of 6:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on Saturdays. There is no charge for bringing items to the collection site.
Don't Miss Your Chance to Recycle Curbside
Curbside recycling is available to all single family homes in Orion. To obtain a roll-out container, call Eagle Recycling at 1.888.932.2936. The company will deliver the container directly to your house. Pick up is every other Thursday. You can find the pickup dates by clicking on our calendar tab at the top of this page or get a copy at Village Hall.
The fee to participate is $3.25 per month and is automatically added to your monthly utility bill. Seniors who qualify for the senior property tax freeze through the Henry County Assessor's office will not be charged the fee. The village will obtain an updated list from Henry County once per year.
Automatic Payment of Your Water & Sewer Bill
Are you interested in the hassle-free method of bill payment? If so, consider signing up for automatic payment of your water and sewer bill. To get the application form click on Downloads, General, ACH. Complete the form, attach a voided check of the account from which you want funds deducted, and drop off at Village Hall for processing. It's as easy as that!
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