- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—MT. VERNON — While the state budget is still being debated in Springfield, Jefferson County Board Chairman Robert White said he believes it has no effect on the county’s ability to do business at this time.

White is an executive board member of the Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners, which is reporting the budget should be in place by September. Earlier this month, the county was discussing how to deal with a lack of motor fuel tax funds from Springfield.

“I think it comes down to a couple of non-budget issues that the governor is focused in on in terms of a couple of the tax increase issues that the Speaker wants,” White told members of the County Board on Monday night. “Well, neither side is willing to give I guess. About the only positive thing I’ve heard is they expect it to get resolved by September. We are very fortunate at this time, I don’t think any of this is having any effect on us directly. I don’t know how long it will stay that way, but right now it doesn’t and that’s good.”

An item which has affected the county is fuel.

According to the Highway Committee, Syn Energy was awarded the monthly fuel bid. However, there were recently problems with the delivery of fuel from Syn Energy, according to White.

“There was a day where they went to get fuel, the fuel wasn’t in the tank, and they had to go get the fuel somewhere else,” White explained. “I personally asked, the engineer and the highway committee chairman conferred, and … Syn Energy needs to pay the difference where we had to go out and pay buying it retail versus what they pledged to us in a sealed bid.”

As a municipality, the county does not have to pay sales tax unless the fuel is purchased at retail.

Fuel tanks were also discussed Monday. The county has two 1,000 gallon tanks for diesel fuel, and getting a bigger tank was presented.

“We would have more potential for more bids if we had a bigger tank, making it worth their while to drive the longer distance to fill the tanks,” said Board Member Randy Edwards.

In other business, the board:

Approved a new contract for emergency services with Litton Ambulance;

Approved a resolution to finalize new courthouse hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday;

Approved assessing oversize and overweight permit fees for trucks with oversize and overweight loads from outside the county and using county roads; and

Commented that the jurisdictional transfer of Wells Bypass on the agenda under the old business heading was in error; as a standing tabled item the issue will be brought up again at the August Highway Committee meeting.

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