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! 1 Veterans Laws Signed House Bill 2353 allows veterans using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to be considered as in-state students for the purpose of tuition in state-supported institutions of hgher learning ifi Illinois, resulting _  in veterans being better able to afford a full education. Senate Bill 2229 allows anyone with at least ten years of service in the Illi- nois National Guard to be eligible for six years of tuition waivers E! instead of the current maximum of four years. Waiver takes effect in the upcoming 2013-14 school year. House Bill 3346 requires the Illinois Discharged Service Member Task Force to evaluate the needs of women veterans and, as part of its FY2014 report, make recommendations regarding i!l how to meet those needs. The law goes into effect immediately. , House Bill 2408 allows small veterans-owned-and service-dis- abled businesses to also register as minority, disabled and women owned businesses when applicable, giving these businesses more .R opportunity to do business with the state of Illinois. The law goes , into effect immediately. Senate Bill 1824 requires those who build veteran memorials t o on public property to raise enough funds to cover the maintenance I.,,t and preservation of the memorial as well as its construction. The law goes into effect immediately. Senate Bill 2231 increases penalties for criminal damage and defacement of veteran and military memorials. The law goes into effect January 1,2014. Dear Editor My mother and father are buried in Mt Pulaski Cemetery. I have four gravesites. While driving through the old part of the cemetery, I noticed the above. I noticed how badly they are leaning. If the people we hire to take care of the cemetery - or our younger generation - don't care - what will happen to your grave marker after years pass. Floyd Rubin America's Farmers Grows Communities Launches Fourth Year For four years, America's Farmers Grow Com- munities has invested more than $13 million in rural America. Now, America's Farmers Grow Communities will give farmers the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a localnonprofit. Winning farmers can enroll and ,nominate a community nonprofit organization of their choice. Organizations have used the funding to purchase vital equipment, supplies and resources for the betterment of their community. Grow Communities now reaches 1289 coun- ties across 39 states. To make a difference in your community, register for a chance to donate to your favorite nonprofit organization online at GrowCommu. nities.com. The deadline for eligible farmers to enter is November 30. In Decrmber, Monsanto Fund will select one winner at random in each eligible county, and announce winning farmers and recipient nonprofits in January 2014. An ordinance for the levy and assessment of taxes for the Latham Fire Protection District, Logan and Macon Counties, Illi- nois, for the fiscal year beginning June 1 2013 and ending May 31, 2014. The Latham Fire Protection Dis- trict, of Logan and Macon Coun- ties, Illinois, a municipal corpora- tion under 70 ILCS 705/1: by.its President and Board of Trustees hereby levies by ordinance under 70 ILCS 705/14: 1. Upon all taxable property within the corporate limits of this fire protection district the total sum of NINETY THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED FIFTEEN DOLLARS ($90,415) or so much as may be authorized by law, hereby is levied, divided in separate funds as follows: INSURANCE FUND: $12,100, AUDIT FUND: -0-, GEN- ERAL FUND: $78,315 TOTAL: $90,415 2. The purpose of this Tax Levy Ordinance is to defray all the nec- essary expenses and liabilities [70 ILCS 705115] of this fire protec- tion district for its Annual Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for the fiscal year beginning June 1, 2013, and ending May 31, 2014, a copy of which is attached hereto, incorporated by reference into and expressly made part of this Tax Levy Ordinance as pages 2 and 3 hereof. 3. The tax assessed, appropriated and levied shall'be collected by the officer designated by statute to col- lect State and County taxes. The tax shall be paid by that collecting officer to the Latham Fire Protec- tion District'S Treasurer. 4. The Secretary of this fire protec- tion district shall file with both the Loghn and Macon County Clerks a duly certified copy of this Ordi- nance. 70 ILCS 705/14. 5. This 2013 Tax Levy Ordinance shall be published in the Mt Pulaski Times, a newspaper of general circulation within the district's ter- ritory. This ordinance shall take effect ten days after it is so pub: lished. 70 ILCS 70517. PASSED AN D APPROVED August 5, 2013. IS/Carl D. Faith, District President 70 ILCS 705114 PASSED, Deposited & FILED August 5, 2013 /S/ Dale Taylor, District Secretary 2013 TAX LEVY ORDINANCE ANN UAL BUDGET & APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE The LATHAM FIRE PROTEC- TION DISTRICT'S combined annual budget and appropriation 6rdinance to appropriate such funding deemed necessary to pay expenses and to specify the objects and amounts for the appro- priations for the fiscal year begin- ning June 1, 2013 and ending May 31, 2014. PASSED by the President and Board of Trustees of the LATHAM FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT, Logan and Macon Counties, Illi- nois: Section t. The fiscal year of this District shall be from June 1,2013 to May 31, 2014. Section 2. A. Cash on hand at the beginning of the fiscal year on June 1, 2013 $49,838 B. Estimate of the cash expected to be received during the fiscal year of June 1,2013 to May 31, 2014: 1. Real Estate Taxes $ 87,718 2. Illinois Replacement and Fire Tax $2,500 3. Donations Int. & Misc. Income $3,500 4. Illinois State Fire Marshall Grant $12,240 Total Esti- mated Revenues $155,796 C. Esti- mate of the expenditures contem- plated for the fiscal year of June 1, 2013 to May 31,2014 $154,23,7 D. Estimated cash expected to be on hand at the end of the fiscal year on May 31, 2014 $1559 Section 3. The following sums of money hereby are appropri- ated for the objects and purposes herein specified to defray all nec- essary expenses and liabilities of the Latham Fire Protection District, Logan and Macon Counties, Illi- nois, for the fiscal year beginning June 1, 2013 and ending May 31, 2014: GENERAL FUND ADMINISTRATION (a) Print- ing, Postage, and Publication Expenses $1,050 (b) Trustee Sala- ries $750 (c) Legal and Accounting Services $1,431(d) Organization Dues, Conference and Meeting Exp. $1000 (e) Medicare and FICA Taxes $200 TOTAL $4,431 FIREHOUSE BUILDING AND GROUNDS EXPENSE (a) Utilities- Electric, Gas, Water, and Disposal $7,000 (b) Telephone $3,000 (c) Repairs; Maintenance, Supplies, and Equipment $34,679 TOTAL $44,679 FIREFIGHTING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT FUND (a) Fuel $4,000 (b) Repairs, Maintenance, and Equipment Testing $8,800 (c) Fire; Protective and Rescue Equip- ment $13,000 (d) Communications Equipment $3,000 (e) Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program $9,500 TOTAL $38,300 PERSE)NEL AND FIRE PROTEC- TION FUND (a) Firefighter/Offi- cer Expense $3,000 (b) Training Expense $3,500 (c) Fire Preven- tion Materials $150 (d) Computer & Expenses Software $750 7OTAL $7,400 FUTURE APPARATUS &/OR FIRE EQUIPMENT PURCHASE (a) For reserve funds for future Apparatus and/or Fire Equipment $30,000 TOTAL $30,000 ILLNOIS STATE FIRE MARSHALL GRANT (a) Illinois or Fema Gant Fund $12,240 TOTAL $12,240 TOTAL GENERAL FUND: $137,050 LIABILITY INSURANCE FUND TravelersNFIS, =costs of protect- ing itseff or its employees against liability, property damage or "loss", and workers compensation Per 745 ILCS 10/9-107 $1.7,187 AUDIT FUND Audit Service $0 TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS $154,237 Section 4. The unexpended bal- ance of any appropriation under this ordinance may be spent to pay any deficiency in any similar item with the.same general purpose in this ordinance. Up to 10% of the total amount appropriated for any fund by this ordinance may be transferred between various item in such fund. 50 ILC6 33013. Section. 5. If any clause, sentence paragraph or part of this ordinance is declared invalid by a court then such adjunction shall not affect the validity of the ordinance as a whole or any part thereof other than such part so declared invalid. Section 6. This ordinance shall take effect ten days after publica- tion-of the Annual Ordinance as passed by the Board of Trustees. 70 ILCS 70517 Section 7. Notwithstanding the General Fund and Insurance Fund $ .154,237 amount budgeted for expenditures, The District's Gen- eral Fund's aggregate levy shall extension shall be reduced by The County Clerk's to $90,415 within the /imitations for the amounts levied. 35 ILCS 200/18-!'5 and 200/1B-56.