Still struggling with financial shortfalls, the Kankakee County Board (Tuesday) discussed the continuing borrowing from other funds to meet payment requirements.
Board Chairman Andy Wheeler said the borrowing practice will continue until the public, hopefully, comes to the rescue and approves a public safety sales tax referendum.
Wheeler explained ‘every dollar spent is borrowed money, funds borrowed from other funds or tax anticipation warrants.” Wheeler said the revenues aren’t there to cover necessary payments.
When the fiscal year ended in November, county government had transferred over $6-million into the general fund to meet required payments.
The practice of borrowing from other funds will be necessary until the revenue line improves. That, Wheeler said, could be when the public agrees to the quarter-cent sales tax that’ll be on the ballot in April.
Nine area fire departments answered a call to the former Route 1 auction building north of Watseka early today (Wednesday). The building at State Route 1 and County Road 2189 N is listed a “total loss,” according to Martinton Fire Chief Jim Seabert.
The Grovensvor family had several vehicles in the approximate 40 by 60 foot structure. Some of the contents was saved.
No injury was reported.
Seabert said flames were shooting from the roof when firemen arrived just after midnight. The fire originated in the back of the building on the north-west side. The cause is under investigation.
Two bodies have been found by Deer Creek near Delphi. During a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Sargent Kim Riley announce that two bodies were found a mile east of Delphi on the edge of Deer Creek around 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
There has been no positive identification and the area is being treated as a crime scene Foul play has been suspected.
A search resumed today (Tues) for two missing girls, Liberty German and Abigail Williams, both 13 -years-old. The girls were last seen near an abandoned railroad bridge Monday afternoon.
Former Kankakee County Sheriff Tim Bukowski has been honored by the Illinois House of Representatives. A Resolution recognizes Bukowski for his many years of service. He retired from a long career in law enforcement last year.
State Representative Lyndsay Parkhurst presented Bukowski with a copy of the House Resolution at Tuesday's Kankakee County Board meeting.