Hampshire says it will be out funds under plan for income tax program
By Denise Moran For The Courier-News March 8, 2013 12:50PM
Updated: April 11, 2013 6:51AM
HAMPSHIRE — Village President Jeffrey Magnussen said Hampshire stands to lose more than $100,000 a year under Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to the state-shared income tax program.
Called the Local Government Distributive Fund, the program distributes $240 million annually to municipalities.
Some legislators are supporting the use of fund revenue to address the state’s fiscal woes. The financial impact to a municipality from this proposal is calculated by multiplying the community’s population by $18.70.
According to Village Administrator Doug Maxeiner, the amount for Hampshire would be $104,028.
“That’s a big number for a small village,” Maxeiner said.
Magnussen urged people to contact their representatives to protest the proposed measure.
“Phone calls are the best way,” Magnussen said.
Hampshire Trustee George Brust agreed that telephone calls do work.
“If they don’t get any phone calls, they think everything’s okay,” Brust said.
In other news, Magnussen said that while the Hampshire Coon Creek Country Days Committee was able to fill three recently vacated positions of vice president, treasurer, and secretary, it is still seeking volunteers to help run the annual fest scheduled for August 1-4.
“The committee is in dire need of volunteers,” Magnussen said.
People who are interested are asked to attend the next committee meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Hampshire Professional Center, 895 South State St., near the Chick-n-Dip restaurant.
Officials also noted that free electronics recycling will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the parking lot of Hampshire High School, 1600 Big Timber Road. The recycling is part of the annual Hampshire Home and Business Expo that will be taking place that same day and time in the commons area of the high school.
Recycling will be by Vintage Tech Recyclers. Items that will be accepted for recycling include televisions, CRT and LCD monitors, computers, laptops, printers, copiers, fax machines, VCRs, keyboard/mice, DVD players, microwaves, stereo speakers, telephones, cell phones, computer parts, miscellaneous cables, game counsels, and handheld electronic devices.
The dates for the village’s annual oil recycling program at the Hampshire Street Department also were announced by Trustee Jan Kraus. Used oil can be dropped off on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 10, Sept. 7, and Oct. 5.