Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

December 17, 2013

Shumway board opts for smaller levy increase

Bill Grimes
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — The Shumway Fire Protection District Board was contemplating a levy increase of 30 percent at Tuesday's special meeting.

But by the time several residents questioned why the increase needed to be that high, the board opted instead for a 5 percent increase. Board Chairman Lloyd Foster said that increase will give the district about $275,000 from its taxpayers for the upcoming tax year. Board members said during the meeting the 30 percent increase would have given the district about $326,000 next year.

A recurring theme from some of the 20 people who attended the meeting was a concern about what the money was being used for. But, since nobody on the board had access to those figures Tuesday, the board ultimately decided on the smaller increase.

For more on the story, see Thursday's print edition.