McLean County has approved its first tax levy increase in five years. By a 12-6 vote, board members okayed a 2016 fiscal budget of $92 million, funded in part by a property tax hike that pumps in about $400,000 in new revenue. The approval came after member Chuck Erickson proposed shifting that amount from various reserve funds in exchange for dropping the levy hike.
Erickson's proposal fell by a 10-9 vote with chair Matt Sorenson breaking the tie. Sorenson says now is not the time to be raiding reserve funds.