© 2021 WVIK
News, Music, Arts, and Culture
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
National Politics
Vaccines (Updated 6/22/2021) The Scott County Health Department offers a weekday, Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinic on the 4th floor of the Scott County Administrative Center, 600 W. 4th St. in Davenport. Illinois and Iowa residents are eligible, and walk-ins are welcome.Rock Island County Health Department, 309.793.1955. Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 am until 4 pm (but not during the noon hour) at its offices at 2112 25th Ave. in Rock Island. The CDC has a Vaccine Finder website for the entire country. Click HERE for a Quad Cities area search.Find a list of local providers as curated by the QC COVID Coalition on togetherqc.comCASI, the Center for Active Seniors in Davenport, is helping Scott County residents 65 and older with online vaccine registration. The number to call is 563.386.7477.COVID-19 Testing InformationBesides checking the county health department websites, check HERE for permanent Illinois DPH test sites and HERE for mobile test sites. Community Health Care clinics in the Illinois Quad Cities and the CVS in Rock Island are included, but registration and screening are required.Go to DoINeedaCOVID19Test.com to find pharmacies that offer free testing in both Illinois and Iowa.Iowa residents can register for a free COVID-19 test at TestIowa.com. The Iowa DPH testing in Scott County is by appointment at NorthPark Mall in Davenport.Local Resources:TogetherQC - Quad Cities COVID-19 Coalition ResponseRock Island County Health Department, 309.793.1955Scott County Health Department, 563.326.8618Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

RI County 2021 Budget Deficit Estimated at Nearly $4 Mil.

RICB10_8.24.17_MW.JPG
Michelle O'Neill
/
WVIK News
Rock Island County administration building in Rock Island (file)

Rock Island County leaders are looking for ways to save money as they prepare next year's budget. 

brunk_richard_fb_campaign_cropped.jpg
Credit submitted / Richard Brunk Facebook
/
Richard Brunk
Richard Brunk, Rock Island County Board Chair (file)

County Board Chairman Richard Brunk says the pandemic, shutdown, and restrictions are causing drops in revenue from sales taxes, other taxes, and fees. He says the shortfall amounts to $3.7 million which will make it difficult to provide essential services. 

In June, the Rock Island County Board approved the sale of the county's nursing home in East Moline, Hope Creek Care Center.

Brunk hopes the sale to Infinity Health Care for $4 million will be finalized soon, then property taxes should decrease. 

Sheriff Gerry Bustos has cut his budget by leaving four positions open. That's two deputies and two correctional officers who will not be hired. Along with a few other cuts, that will save about $635,000. It's already calculated in the $3.7 million deficit. 

Brunk says the draft budget will be available at the October board meeting, and members will vote on it in November. 

Rock Island County's reserves have fallen to around 3% for the general fund. In a memo, the county administrator told the board that's far below many local governments which have reserves from 25-50%. Jim Snider also said the economic impact of COVID-19 has, "caught us flat-footed with no real alternatives but to cut personnel costs."

Related Content