MORRIS – Stephanie Kennedy has replaced Dave Henderson as the Grundy County tax assessor.
The Grundy County Board approved the appointment of Kennedy to the position Tuesday with a salary of $71,000 a year for the next four years, or the length of her term.
Henderson retired June 30 after 35 years in the position.
“I would just like to thank all of you at Grundy County for giving me this opportunity,” Kennedy told the board Tuesday.
The original appointment was made last month by Severson with input from members of the Grundy County Personnel and Tax committees.
The county’s tax assessor is charged with valuing every approval property within the county and works on all things tax-related, including abatements, negotiations and settlements.
Kennedy brings 18 years of experience in tax assessment to the position. Most recently, Kennedy served as the deputy supervisor of assessments for LaSalle County and has dealt with properties similar to those in Grundy County.
She said she worked with Henderson before he retired so she has a grasp of the Grundy tax landscape.
Impounding, boarding, rabies tags and after-hours calls will all cost a little more now that the County Board ratified Tuesday fee increases for those services.
The Grundy County Animal Control decided to raise the fees to help provide the money needed for daily operations, said animal control Director June Krull.
“We haven’t raised our fees since 2008,” Krull said before Tuesday’s County Board meeting. “With the cost of everything going up, we had to raise them a little bit to help pay for operations.”
According to Deb Warning, a member of the Education Committee – the animal department’s oversight committee – animal control is also looking into providing services for non-Grundy residents while adding discounts to Grundy residents.
Warning said the Education Committee and Krull looked at other county fees structures when determining how much to increase Grundy’s fees.
At Tuesday night’s meeting, board member Frank Halpin was the only member present to vote against the fee increases, citing his disapproval of the county’s decision to transfer money out of a special animal control fund earlier this year.