CHARLESTON -- Frustrations with a lack of response from officials about a reassessment project were part of about a hour's worth of questions and comments Tuesday aimed at the Coles County Board.

In addition to remarks about the reassessment, the board heard and about board members receiving county health insurance.

On the reassessment, Robb Perry of the Concerned Tax Payers of Coles County asked why, after the group attended the board's meetings for more than two years, he still hasn't received information he's requested.

Namely, Perry said, he felt the board should provide the method and system being used for the county's reassessment of commercial and industrial property, which the group opposes.

He called that unfair, as it was up to him to provide information to challenge the assessment of his property during an appeal to the county Board of Review.

"To me, it doesn't look like you're doing things fairly," Perry said.

He also mentioned the ongoing vacancy in the county's supervisor of assessments position. And from what was also said during the meeting, that could soon become more complicated.

Board Vice Chairman Brandon Bell, who chairs the Offices and Rules Committee which oversees that office, said acting Supervisor Andrew Milliman submitted his two-week resignation notice on Friday.

There's been no permanent supervisor hired because none of the four applicants, including Milliman, has passed a state-required test.

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The committee reopened the search and the deadline for applications is March 25, which will be Milliman's last day in the office. There were no new applicants as of Wednesday, according to the county board office.

Contacted on Wednesday, Milliman said he's leaving the assessment office because of "too good of an opportunity to pass up." He declined to elaborate.

As for the transition for the office, Milliman said he plans to send the current year's property values to the county clerk's office before he leaves. The clerk handles the next step toward the year's tax bills after the assessment office provides it with property values.

Milliman also said he feels the rest of the office's staff will be able to perform the duties once he leaves.

During Tuesday's meeting, Bell also said he'd inquire at the assessment office about why Perry hasn't received the information he wanted.

He also said it was apparent the reassessment "would not be easy." Bell then added that he felt "the wheels have been off in that office for 16 years," referring to the last time the county reassessed commercial and industrial property.

Also Tuesday, board Chairman Mike ZuHone said the board was still researching county records to try to determine if a vote ever took place authorizing board members to receive county health insurance.

That was in response to questions from Rex Dukeman of the Concerned Tax Payers group and others about the issue.

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Contact Dave Fopay at (217) 238-6858. Follow him on Twitter: @FopayDave



Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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