The Effingham County Tax and Fiance Committee voted to recommend the passage of a prevailing wage to the County Board in their meeting on Thursday. Several members including Chairmen Rob Arnold objected to the measure during discussion. One Committee member, Dave Campbell said that a prevailing wage puts undue expense on taxpayers.
The wage sets a certain income level that a government body must pay certain workers. Due to the lack of a state budget, the numbers currently being used to base the prevailing wage are based on 2015 figures.
The Committee also heard from Phil Hartke, of the Effingham County Fair Board. The committee voted to recommend that the County run a booth at the fair for the price of $200.
Carl Baker of the University of Illinois Extension also gave a presentation to the board requesting continued support for Extension programs. The Committee voted to recommend their support of the Extension to the County Board.
Central Illinois Public Transportation Program Director Kim Adair also addressed the committee to request permission to apply for a federal Title XX Grant. The grant would allow Effingham County Public Transportation to offer new services for local seniors.
Finally, the Committee voted to recommend Wayne Rubach and Cody William to the Effingham County 911 Board as Community-At-Large members and recommended Dr. Michael Williamson to the Effingham County Board of Health. All appointments will be voted on by the full Effingham County Board at the next meeting on Monday, June 20 beginning at 4 p.m. in the third floor meeting room in the Effingham County Office Building.