PRINCETON — A nearly $1 million administrative error left Bureau County residents with lower 2018 tax bills, but they’ll make up for it later.

Bureau County Clerk Matt Eggers in a news release stated, “It was recently discovered that special road tax levy was not extended and therefore was omitted from the tax bill. This resulted in tax bills being a slightly smaller amount for the 2018 year.”

The error amounts to $949,000.

Eggers apologized to residents, saying he “take(s) responsibility for the oversight and the inconvenience it will cause Bureau County residents and townships.”

The revenue from the tax is to be allocated for township roads.

Twenty-one Bureau County Townships are affected by the error. Arispie, Berlin, Westfield and Wyanet townships self-levy and therefore were not included in the omission.

State’s Attorney Geno Caffarini said he is looking at possible remedies. So far it appears the tax will have to be added as a line item on next year’s tax bills.

Board member Tom Dobrich (D-DePue) asked if a solution had yet been worked out for townships that need the funds to operate, but as yet there isn’t a definitive answer as to how they’re supposed to make up revenue.

Kim Shute can be reached at (815) 879-5200 or ntprinceton@newstrib.com Follow her on Twitter at NT_Princeton2.

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Bureau-Putnam Bureau Chief Contact: (815) 879-5200 ntprinceton@newstrib.com Covering Bureau and Putnam Counties.

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