Tax sale draws 27 buyers
Madison County’s annual tax sale resulted in the lowest penalty rate in county history and had 300 fewer delinquent parcels than last year, according to Madison County Treasurer Chris Slusser.
Slusser attributed the low penalty rates and fewer delinquencies on the improving economy. “It’s always good to see fewer people struggling to make their property tax payments,” Slusser said. “This year, we were collecting and distributing money at a consistently higher rate, which directly stems from an improving economy.
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“The lower the rate, the less it costs a taxpayer to redeem their delinquent taxes. It’s great to see the penalty rate so low this year, which benefits those whose taxes were sold.”
Each county in Illinois holds an annual tax sale to collect delinquent taxes which are distributed throughout their taxing districts. Illinois requires these sales, or auctions, so that taxing entities such as school districts, townships, municipalities, libraries, fire protection districts, etc. receive the money levied for that year.
Slusser said there were 27 tax buyers who took part in this years’ annual event, purchasing the taxes on 1,843 parcels. He said of those sold parcels, 74 percent of them (1,367 parcels) were sold at a 1 percent penalty or less.
Slusser credited lower penalty rates with the automated bidding system that the county currently uses, along with the high number of participating tax buyers and improving economy. Automated sales have become the most popular method of conducting a tax sale throughout the state of Illinois. These automated systems capture bids with an accuracy that would be unreachable by any other standard, Slusser said.
Anyone whose taxes were sold should contact the Madison County Clerk’s office at 618-692-6290 for more information.
If you have questions about the tax sale, contact the Treasurer’s Office at 618-692-6260.
Retired teachers to meet
Madison County Retired Teachers Unit 3 will meeting on Friday, March 9 from 8:45 to 11:00 a.m. at the Collinsville Senior Center, 420 E. Main St. in Collinsville. Lunch may be purchased for $5, if desired. Richard Frankenfeld, director of outreach for Illinois Teachers Retirement System, will be the guest speaker. He will be speaking about the state of the TRS and answering questions concerning our current or future benefits. If you have any questions, contact Izetta Davis at 618-235-2598.
The next meeting of Madison County Retired Teachers 2 will be on Tuesday, March 13 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 10 N. Center St. in East Alton. The program for the March 13 meeting will be presented by IRTA secretary Doris Heaton. She will present “The History of Illinois Retired Teachers Association.” Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., with the meeting beginning at 11 a.m. The lunch will be served by the ladies of St. Paul’s at 11:30. The cost of the meal will be $15 and will be collected during registration. For more information or to make a reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lions Club to have pancake breakfast
The Marine Lions Club will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake and pork sausage breakfast on Sunday, March 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on at the Marine Lions Club, 406 E. Division St. in Marine.
Breakfast includes pancakes, homemade whole-hog pork sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, coffee, tea and juice. Prices are $8 for adults; $3 for children ages 4-12, and children 3 and under eat free. All carry-outs are $8.
The Marine Lions Club is part of Lions Club International with special interest in aiding the blind and deaf. The local club holds fundraising activities not only for international projects but also local projects. The Lions Club supports the Gravius Memorial Library, a private library which does not receive any tax money, in its efforts to continue offering library services to the residents of the Marine area.
Historical Society to discuss veterans memorial
The Marine Historical Society will hold its next meeting on Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the Marine Township Senior Citizen Center. The club will be discussing the veterans memorial. Visitors are always welcome to attend the meeting.
The bricks for the veterans memorial have been delivered to Lager Monuments to engrave the names of more than 700 veterans. The club would like to give a “big thank you” to all the donors.
The veterans book has been completed and orders fulfilled. There are a few extra copies available at $15 per book. An additional $5 is required if the book needs to be mailed. If anyone wants a book, contact Shirley Daiber at 618-972-0725.
Church to have sausage supper
On Sunday, March 11, Friedens United Church of Christ, 207 E. Center St. Troy, will host its annual sausage dinner.
The dinner is served from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Carry-outs and curbside will be available until 6 p.m. For curbside service, just phone in your order to 618-667-6535, and it will be delivered to your car.
The menu includes all-you-can-eat grilled pork sausage, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, sauerkraut, applesauce, dessert and beverage. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children age 5-10, age kids 4 and under eat free. All carry-outs and curbside will cost $10.
If you have any questions, call the church office, 667-6535.
Pentecostals selling Easter pound cakes
The Pentecostals of Troy, 8965 Illinois 162 in Troy, will be accepting Easter pound cakes orders now through March 18. The egg-shaped, chocolate-covered pound cakes are topped with a candy flower and sell for $12 per dozen and $6 per half-dozen. Pick-up day is March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To place an order, call 667-6054 and leave a message, or email email@example.com.
Model railroad club to have free display
The Metro East Model Railroad Club will hold its spring open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 in the old Glen Carbon Fire House/Village Hall, 180 Summit St. in Glen Carbon. Come watch the trains running on the club’s 18-by-27-foot, HO-scale model railroad. Admission is free. For more information, call Bob at 618-476-9228 or Bill at 618-531-1589, or check the website trainweb.org/memrc.
“Sewing Basics” class to be held at KC Center
The Kaskaskia College Department of Industrial and Continuing Education will be offering a “Sewing Basics” class at the Trenton Education Center on Tuesday, March 27 and April 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
This class is designed teach basic sewing using your sewing machine. A portable sewing machine is required. Cost for this class is $20. A supply list will be provided to the students prior to class.
The registration number for the course is COED 5041 TR02E. For more information or to register, contact the Trenton Education Center at 618-545-3475 or the Department of Industrial and Continuing Education at 618-545-3255. Space is limited, so register early. All students must pre-register for this workshop.
Leef Senior Citizens to meet
The Leef Senior Citizens meet the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Leef Township Building, located on the corner of Illinois 160 and Niggli Road. The evening starts off with a pot-luck, followed by a short meeting and a fun evening of fellowship, playing pinochle and euchre. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 618-488-7254.
Center Schools PTO to meet
The next Center Schools PTO meeting will be on Monday, March 15 at Alhambra Primary at 6:30 p.m.
Community Club to award scholarship
The Alhambra Community Club has announced that it will award a $500 scholarship again this year to a deserving student. Applications have already been accepted and decided by non-members. The club will give out the scholarship every year it can afford to do it. This has been possible through the fund raisers such as the watermelon and cantaloupe sales.
Salem UCC selling Easter flowers
Salem United Church of Christ in Alhambra has Easter flowers for sale for those who would like to put one on the alter in memory of a loved one. Cost of a lily or tulip is $12.50. Call the church office at 618-488-3215 if you cannot pick up an order form at church. Deadline is March 18.
Boy Scouts plan spaghetti/mostaccioli dinner
Boy Scout Troop 91 is offering an all-you-can-eat spaghetti and mostacciloli dinner on Sunday, March 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Hamel Community Center. The menu will be spaghetti, mostoccioli, green beans, apple sauce, salad, dessert, coffee, tea and lemonade. Cost will be $9 for adults and all carry-outs; children ages 4-12 are $5; and children 3 and under are free. There will also be a silent auction with many baskets full of items to bid on.
Donations of children’s books needed
Hamel Bread of life Food Pantry is in need of donations of new or gently used books that are appropriate for pre-school through sixth grade. These books will be used for the pantry’s Wednesday reading program this summer. Contact Sharilyn at 618-633-2413 or call Dave 618-656-4828 for more information.