The ability to maintain the integrity and structure of our region’s aging levy systems is dependent on the amount of funding available. Under current state law, the county can impose a special tax on businesses within a district if it is determined that an emergency concerning levee repair or flood prevention measures exists. State Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton) says that it’s a good, but flawed law.
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State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) has sponsored a similar measure in the senate.
Beiser also says that it is important to ensure that local tax revenue is being used properly and not being used to inappropriately fund the state government. HB 3785 will be considered by the state legislature during the upcoming spring session.