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County Auditor: Prairie State Keeps Budget Balanced

The difference between Washington County government operating at a deficit and operating with a surplus is attributed to income from the Prairie State Generating Company. That is key part of the audit, Gary Malawy of Krehbiel and Associates told the County Board at its meeting last week.

  The county would have had a deficit of $322,000 if it had not received $1.14 million for tonnage Prairie States pays for refuse put on the coal ash pile. That amount has been in the $1 million range since it started about 4 years ago.

The County  had received $1 million a year for ten years  from Prairie State for “payment in lieu of taxes”, but that payment plan has expired. The county continues to receive normal real estate taxes, which was $1,948,537 in 2019 for the buildings, land, and mineral rights.

Read full details on PSGC’s impact, and all the topics covered in the County Board meeting in this week’s issue. 

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