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From the January 14th edition of the Manito Review:   

Manito Forest City Rotary Club

Senior Meal

The Manito Forest City Rotary Club will hold its monthly Senior Meal at Lee’s Family Restaurant in Manito. The lunch is January 17th, at noon. Open to anyone over 55. We request that you make a reservation by the Wednesday before the meal, for the sake of the sponsor and the restaurant. Make reservations to Lynn Coers by calling 309-840-0420, please leave a message. The meal sponsor this month is Country General.


2020 Green Valley
Fireman’s Fish Dinner

Green Valley Fireman’s 2020 Fish Dinner will be held on Saturday, January 18th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Green Valley Firehouse. All you can eat Fish with 2 sides (cole slaw & potato salad). Ten dollar donation pay at the door. No advance ticket sales. All profits go to purchase equipment.


Manito Community Chorus

Spring Show 2020

Organizational Meeting

The Manito Community Chorus will present its Spring Show on March 26th, 27th and 28th, 2020,  at the Forman Center at 7:30 p.m.  This show will feature a variety of musical styles as we travel around the U.S. in song and dance.  Directors are Susan Frank and Rebecca Switzer. 

Our first organizational meeting and read through will be Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30 p.m. in the Forman Center cafeteria.  We will begin rehearsals Monday, February 10th.  Performers of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate.  We understand that many of you are busy with school and community activities and might not be able to make it to every rehearsal, but if this sounds like something you are interested in, please come give it a try. Children through grade school age must have an adult with them during rehearsals and performances for safety.  

If you are interested but cannot attend the meeting, please contact Susan Frank at 309-968-7231.   


2019 Mason County Tentative Multiplier Announced

Mason County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier”, is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law.  This equalization is particularly important because some of the state’s 6,600 local taxing districts overlap into two or more counties (e.g. school districts, junior college districts, fire protection districts).  If there were no equalization among counties, substantial inequities among taxpayers with comparable properties would result.

State law requires property in Illinois to be assessed at one-third (1/3) of its market value.  Farm property is assessed differently, with farm homesites and dwellings subject to regular assessing and equalization procedures, but with farmland and farm buildings assessed according to standards based on productivity.

The equalization factor is determined annually for each county by comparing the sales price of individual properties sold over the past three years to the assessed value placed on those properties by the county supervisor of assessments/county assessor.

If this three-year average level of assessment is one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be one (1).  If the average level of assessment is greater than one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be less than one (1).  And if the average level of assessment is less than one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be greater than one (1).

Assessments in Mason County are at  33.50 percent of market value, based on sales of properties in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

The equalization factor currently being assigned is for 2019 taxes, payable in 2020.

Last year’s equalization factor for the county was 1.0000 .

The tentative factor is subject to change (1) if the County Board of Review takes actions which significantly affect the county assessments or (2) if local officials or others can present data showing that the Department of Revenue’s estimates of the average level of assessments in the county should be adjusted.  A public hearing on the tentative multiplier will be held between 20 and 30 days after the tentative factor is published in a newspaper of general circulation within the county.

A change in the equalization factor does not mean total property tax bills will increase or decrease.  Tax bills are determined by local taxing bodies when they request money each year to provide services to local citizens.  If the amount requested by local taxing districts is not greater than the amount received in the previous year, then total property taxes will not increase even if assessments may have increased.

The assessed value of an individual property determines what portion of the tax burden a specific taxpayer will assume.  That individual’s portion of tax responsibility is not changed by the multiplier.



Join us at the next Greater Peoria Farm Forum!


Woodford and Tazewell Counties lead the state of Illinois in the number of USDA certified organic farm operations (USDA NASS, 2017 Census of Agriculture).  With this in mind, the economic potential of organic agriculture should be seriously considered in the Greater Peoria region.


But beyond crop production, harnessing the full potential of the organics industry will rely on the ability to grow a more robust regional supply chain—the businesses providing goods and services to growers, and the businesses buying and using organics in their food, fuel, and fiber products.


This FREE EVENT is a discussion with organic farming industry professionals, focused on developing a regional supply chain.  What businesses are needed both upstream and downstream from farmers?  How can we help those businesses locate and grow here in Greater Peoria?


Enjoy a free lunch over a presentation on the organic agriculture supply chain.  This will be followed by a panel discussion with farmers and other organic ag businesses and professionals.  Stick around for a Q&A with the panel and the opportunity to network with the other attendees.


GP Farm Forum: Growing a Supply Chain for Organic Agriculture

February 25, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Beck's Hybrids, El Paso, IL


Free Event.  Lunch Provided.  Space is Limited!

register at to reserve a seat

Full agenda and panelist details to follow!


Questions or comments about the event?  Contact:

Tory Dahlhoff

Director of Outreach & Rural Development Coordinator

309-495-5975 |



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