Olive Branch waits to rebuild

Sep 17, 2012 Full story: Daily Egyptian 15

More than a year after flood waters damaged hundreds of buildings in a small southern Illinois town, residents are still waiting on funds to rebuild.

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Ray Smith

Herrin, IL

#1 Jan 12, 2013
My brother got his real estate tax bill from Alexander County this past month. Can someone explain why taxes went up $200 on house that had 4 feet of water in it?
Prior to flood house was worth 58,000 and bill was $500 now worth maybe 10,000 and tax bill is $700.
Cactus pete

Enfield, IL

#2 Jan 12, 2013
It is the county board's fault for permitting the "out of control" assessor to continue with the fiasco she is running in her office. And by the way, the county had to raise extra funds to pay Andy for doing the assessor's work. And it also costs taxpayers some money for the biscuits and gravy that is cooked and served from the assessor's office.
otis

Lockwood, MO

#3 Jan 13, 2013
Ray,mine went up too. had only 18 inches water in mine.guess county assessors office thought we installed new indoor pools.what bozos.we should tear the homes down and move away.they care so much about us!!!jerks

Since: Jul 13

Jackson, MO

#4 Jan 15, 2013
My taxes did not go down a dime had water and still waiting for FEMA. If we don't pay them. then the county will get the land and sell it to FEMA. And how can the county loan money to the city? maybe they all ready got there FEMA money. If you go in and ask Jeff where we are at with FEMA he seems to get mad a gives an answer like you are retarted.
cashcow

Garden City, MO

#5 Jan 19, 2013
Paid their dam*ed property tax,would be a novel idea if the county used part of the $$ to STRENGTHEN THE FREAKING LEVEE!!!duh
Cactus pete

Enfield, IL

#6 Jan 19, 2013
I have an idea. We taxpayers should just show up for biscuits and gravy at the assessor's office. That way we could eat off of some of our tax money.
Levee Girl

Olive Branch, IL

#7 Jan 20, 2013
cashcow wrote:
Paid their dam*ed property tax,would be a novel idea if the county used part of the $$ to STRENGTHEN THE FREAKING LEVEE!!!duh
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guess u missed all the county trucks which have been rolling and rebuilding the levees since the levee broke in miller city last year. yep, easier to talk trash than realize the real stuff in life
cashcow

Garden City, MO

#8 Jan 20, 2013
Sorry levee girl,there is a difference between repairing something thats broke and making something better.Got brain???
mad dog

Adrian, GA

#9 Jan 20, 2013
taxes ,went up on everybody,no rime no reason ,can you say crooked shit.I wonder what the people in the click if their taxes went up! BY THE TIME THE REAL PLAYERS IN THE COUNTY get thru with us ,most of the good people will be gone,shall ww say taxed to a new location.but the majority must not care cause hell they keep voting for them,pure sheep then they weep!
Cactus pete

Enfield, IL

#10 Jan 21, 2013
Just live with it. The ones on the dole and/or county payroll voted these dudes into office. We taxpayers are far outnumbered by the freeloaders,the uneducated, and the ones who just don't care one way or the other. What we need and don't have is "LEADERSHIP',INTEGRITY, ETHICS,HONESTY,AND PUBLIC SERVICE ORIENTED OFFICIALS. we are, however, overrun with parasites who mistakenly believe we work for them.

Can I have some sausage in my gravy and biscuits?
zol

Batesville, AR

#11 Jan 21, 2013
Use your votes to change the status quo would be good advice, however all politicians are thieves.
snotty

Monticello, AR

#12 Jan 22, 2013
Are there any among you that can do a better job? If you have a plan then step up to the damned plate. Complaining is not going to help you. Focus on your resources and build support. You're standing on a "gold mine" and either too lazy or too stupid to realize it. I no longer reside in Alexander county but if I did, I would use Horseshoe Lake and Campground as an economic tool and offer the benefits of it's resurrection to everybody in the tri-state area and beyond. You all would rather sit around and wait for some kind of grant to fall out of the sky. Granted, the lake does not belong to you but your proximity being the closest community in the area will allow you to reap the greatest benefits it can offer.
Sherlock

Olathe, KS

#14 Jan 22, 2013
Houses worth more now after being damaged and flooded?God forbid a bad earthquake hits ,county will say we now live in mansions and estates!!Niether myself or Sigmund Frued can figure these leaders (LOL) out.

Since: Aug 12

Location hidden

#15 Jan 22, 2013
OK Cacti. Where do you get all your information???

Not that I doubt the info, but your comments seem pretty detailed.

Either/or you must get around a lot to observe and talk to others that were there.

Just wondering. No offense. Just wondering.
poor guy

Belleville, IL

#16 Jan 25, 2013
Sorry ole Cactus Pete,we only get water gravy.No good stuff for us!!

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