ALEDO — Residents will see a slight reduction in tax bills for fiscal year 2013.
On Monday night, city council members heard the first reading of a proposed $365,000 tax levy, $8,421 less than last year's levy of $373,421. The council also heard the first reading of the proposed budget of $5,871,128, down $152,188 from last year's budget of $6,023,316.
Sarah Bohnsack, city finance director, said one of the reasons for the decrease was the anticipated decline in equalized assessed valuation, from $39 million last year to $36.5 million.
Also on Monday, council members heard Mel Bogus, Roosevelt Military Academy alumni president, state that the organization's relationship with the city has not changed. The group wants to continue talks with Aledo on erecting a statue honoring the spirit of the academy.
Earlier this month, Mercer County Board members approved a request from Ron Jutkins for the statue to be erected on the court house lawn.
"Our attitude towards Aledo has not changed," Mr. Bogus said. "This is where the RMA was. We were an Aledo school, not Mercer County. We will continue to work on getting a site in Aledo."
In other business:
-- Mayor Bill Breeden announced Ms. Bohnsack will serve a dual role as finance director and city administrator. The city has hired Kathy Albert as director of economic development, he said.
-- Council members approved the low bid of $45,000 from Bates Utility Company, Weldon Spring, Mo. for manhole repairs. Steve Moller, director of public works, said the city received eight bids ranging from $45,000 to $170,000.The project will repair 30 manholes, he said, "with 300 more to go."
-- Council members agreed to donate $1,300 to the Mercer County School District athletic boosters to help defray the cost of meals provided at the hospitality tent during the state championship game Friday.
Today is Sunday, May 26, the 146th day of 2013. There are 219 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The information called for in yesterday's Argus, in relation to thechild abandoned in Moline, by its mother two years ago, was furnished us last evening.The child was found by a Swede and has been kindly cared for. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The annual review and inspection of the Rock Island volunteerfire department took place today, and there will be a firemen's ball tonight. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Captain H.F. Young, former Mississippi river pilot, and T.W.Chapman left Rock Island today for Alaska to enter river service there. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Poppies were blooming today at the headquarters of the Rock Islandunit of the American Legion auxiliary at the Y.M.C.A. as the little red memorial flowers, which the people of Rock Island will wear in honor of veterans. 1963 -- 50 years ago: One hundred and fifty of the best show horses in Illinois and Iowaare expected to compete tomorrow for some $500 in trophies, ribbons and prize money inthe first major horse show of the season. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Moline Public Hospital presented blue ribbons to the winnersof a recent poster contest, held in conjunction with National Hospital Week. Utilizingthe theme of "You're Our Specialty," the following were grand prize winners: MindyBenson, Moline; Thao Dang, Moline; Gared Laux, Moline; John Murphy, Rock Island;Justin Pulford and Bennie Jo Starkey, Moline.