MACOMB — The McDonough County Board finance committee began work Tuesday on its 2019 budget. Four county officeholders and two appointed department heads appeared before the committee and five other fiscal agents submitted budget letters.
There will be at least two other meetings held to examine individual budgets. In addition to 2019 budget preparation, fiscal agents were asked to submit estimated expenses and revenue for the remaining months of 2018.
Finance committee chair Alice Henry told the committee that the Illinois Property Tax Extension Limitation Law will hold any overall county budget increase to the 2.1 percent consumer price index. All county office holders and supervisors have been urged to allow any vacant positions to remain unfilled or to try to replace staff with part-time employees.
Henry has served as finance committee chair for 12 years. She said county sales tax revenue in 2019 will probably be lower than what was received this year.
The finance committee chair wrote to all budget supervisors that there has never been a year that she could use the metaphor that geese are laying golden eggs on the courthouse lawn.
"Each year the geese have chosen to make a different kind of deposit," Henry wrote regarding the budgeting process.

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