Morris Daily Herald (12.14.2013)
The Morris Daily Herald recently reported that a new Illinois law allows for the transfer of unused monies collected from a TB tax levy to other public health services. Grundy County, Ill., still collects the TB tax levy money from taxpayers each year, which will equal $42,000 in fiscal year 2014, even though it has not had a TB outbreak in many years.
The money has been restricted for TB services only, but now can be dispersed to other needed programs within the county health department. “That levy has probably been around since [TB] started,” said Heidi Miller, Grundy County’s land use director and interim administrator. “It’s been in [the budget] for quite a long time.”
According to Grundy County Board Chairman Ron Severson, the board will transfer $90,000 this year as health department revenue, which will leave the TB fund with $64,015. If there is an outbreak, it is understood the county’s general fund would cover the cost, although often times, federal agencies, including CDC, would step in to take over an outbreak, Severson said.
The county has only treated two cases of latent TB this past year and the risk of an outbreak is very low, according to Judy Bailey, director of nursing for the Grundy County Health Department. Individuals with latent TB do not feel sick and are not infectious.