Union County Treasurer releases annual “WHERE DO MY TAXES GO?” report


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Union County Treasurer releases annual “WHERE DO MY TAXES GO?” report

Union County Treasurer Darren Bailey has released the annual “Where Do My Taxes Go?” report which provides a visual tool for Union County taxpayers to better understand the composition of their tax bills, and how bills from one part of the county compare to others.

“These graphics were first developed for the 2010 tax year, payable in 2011,” Bailey explained. “Our citizens pay an awful lot in property taxes each year, and I felt it was important to give them a tool to understand why they pay so much, where it goes, and how each taxpayer’s bill might compare to another.”

Each unique taxing district is represented by a wedge of the pie graph. Bailey explained, “Each pie graph represents a community in Union County. Each piece of the pie is one of the taxing districts to which citizens in that community pay taxes. The larger the wedge, the more you pay to that district.”

The largest wedges in each community belong to the local school districts. This is consistent from year to year. “K-12 schools generally comprise 55-67% of a tax bill,” Bailey added.

Nearly every tax bill in the county shares three taxing districts—Shawnee Community College (9-13%), the Union County Government (17-23%), and the County Unit Road District (2-3%). The Unit Road District is a tax-sharing district; the revenue from that tax is collected to make road improvements, and is proportionately split between the Union County Government and each respective municipality.

Cities and villages make-up another 3-15%, and each respective library district usually represents another 2-3% of each tax bill.

“Taxpayers who want to learn how their tax rates compare to other areas in the county will want to pay special attention to the bar graph” Bailey offered. “An estimated tax bill on a $100,000 home in each of the communities represented runs across the top of the graph.”

Tax rates appear to be about the same as last year across the county as a whole, with some communities seeing a small increase, and others small decreases. Approximate tax bills for homes with a $100,000 value range from $1953 (rural Cobden, down from $1994 last year) to $2867 (within the village limits of Dongola, up from $2750).

Bailey concluded, “Paying property taxes is one of those unfortunate events that nearly everyone dreads. We all hope that the money is being well spent and contributing to better communities. The first step to ensuring that is to know how much we pay, and where. The next step is to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of that spending, and hold the respective decision makers accountable.”

“We feel the pain of the tax payments now, but sometimes we forget about it throughout the rest of the year. If we pay attention to the news that comes out each week, each month, and if we pay attention to the services and infrastructure that we each value the most, we’ll get a good idea if the taxes we pay in the summer are being used properly in the winter and spring. I hope these reports lead to a more active and engaged citizenry.”



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Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for Regular Meeting June 23, 2017 @ 8:30 AM


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Job Opening – Fund Accountant

Fund Accountant

  • Jonesboro, IL
  • Full-time

Company Description

Union County Government

Job Description


To provide information, primarily financial in nature, regarding all government activities that will assist commissioners, department heads, and other users in making educated financial and economic decisions for the County’s future. Oversee filings including annual and quarterly reports, forms, and correspondence by ensuring accuracy of data presented.


  • Prepare financial statements, reports and records by collecting, analyzing and summarizing information as needed for pro forma statements and budgets, reviewing data for accuracy; reconcile accounts; assist other employees with resolution of accounting issues/questions
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed, including special projects and compiling a variety of special reports
  • Assist to establish and maintain systems and controls which verify the integrity of all systems, processes and data, and enhance the County’s effectiveness, compliance, and efficiency
  • Respond to Treasurer as assigned with accurate and timely work to facilitate financial needs
  • Communicate with co-workers, commissioners, department heads, citizens, and others in a courteous and professional manner
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, participating in professional societies
  • Conform with and abide by all regulations, policies, work procedures, and instructions

(These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed.  The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)



The knowledge of generally accepted accounting rules, practices, tax laws, and GASB reporting requirements (strong general ledger, accounts receivable, and banking working knowledge).  Ability to communicate (orally and in writing) in a professional manner when dealing with employees and organizational contacts.  Competent computer skills to include advanced Excel skills required in order to perform essential functions listed above (e.g. charts, pivot table, vlookup, MS Excel functions).  Superlative problem-solving and analytical talent.


  • Bachelor Degree in Accounting
  • Experience with Governmental Fund Accounting preferred
  • Minimum of 2 Years accounting experience

Additional Information

Please use the link provided to apply online.

Union County Government

Human Resources

309 West Market Street Room 113

Jonesboro, IL 62952

Union County Government is an equal opportunity employer.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for Regular Meeting June 9, 2017 @ 8:30 AM


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County RFP – Energy Supply

The County is seeking proposals for energy supply at all County facilities.  For more information, review the RFP.

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Memorial Day

Union County offices will be closed Monday, May 29, 2017 in observance of Memorial Day.

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Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for Regular Meeting May 26, 2017 @ 8:30 AM


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Employment Opportunities at Union County Sheriff’s Office

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for employment.  Download your application here.

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Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for Regular Meeting May 12, 2017 @ 8:30 AM


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Sheriff and Emergency Managers Advise Residents in Flood-prone Areas


Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Union County Emergency Management Agency is advising residents that reside in low lying areas that are prone to flooding to take precautions and consider evacuation until river stages fall to safe levels. Please monitor all local news outlets, the Union County Sheriff’s Facebook page and the Union County web site to stay apprised of the most current information.

Until further notice, all normal siren testing has been suspended.  As a warning to the residents in the Wolf Lake and Ware area, in the event of a levee breach/flooding situation, the tornado sirens will be activated for a three (3) minute period.

On May 4, 2017, several sand boils were identified in a specific area located West of Wolf Lake, Illinois on the east side of the Mississippi River Levee.  Efforts from local, state and federal agencies have been working continuously to stabilize the sand boils that pose a risk to the integrity of the levee system and appear to be successful. However, this is does not eliminate the fact that the river levels are still at dangerous levels as they continue to rise and evacuation should still be considered.

For quick evacuation, residents are urged to assemble “items of personal need” such as medications and all forms of personal identification.

Due to the serious flooding hazard, by the authority of the Levee District and the Union County Sheriff, Scott Harvel, all levee roads are closed to public traffic.

Residents with any additional questions or concerns should contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 618-833-5500.

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