Kathy Smith, who represents a portion of Alton on the Madison County Board, is against a resolution passed Wednesday night to continue mediation in an ongoing dispute with Olin Corporation. The District 5 Republican says spending money to continue this fight is a bad move at this point, and both parties should first try to settle their differences without the input of legal counsel.

At issue is property tax assessments from 2004 to 2010, which the county believes should be higher.

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Smith, Wood River's Chris Slusser, who is challenging Chairman Alan Dunstan for his job in the fall, and Bethalto's Thomas McRae were the only votes against the resolution.  County Board Director of Administration, Joe Parente says that seeing the process through will cost an additional $200,000, but that it would save the board from having to repeat the process year after year.