The Andy Manar era has come to an end at the Macoupin County Board. In his final address to the board this week, he asked for continued cooperation across party lines as the county continues to deal with a difficult financial climate. It is that climate that led to some tough decisions over the eight years Manar was in office. He says when he took office in 2004, the county had been engaging in record deficit spending the previous two years.
The County today spends approximately $200,000 less in General Funds than it did then. Manar says the number of board members will shrink from 27 to 18 when the new board is sworn in on December 3.
Over the last eight years, Manar said he was most proud of the fact that the Board was able to spend conservatively and do so alongside keeping taxes low on county residents. Property tax rate increases were all under 1% under Manar’s leadership on the Board.