Supervisors hash out budget details

Robert Maharry

The Grundy County Board of Supervisors heard its final round of budget requests and got to work on parsing the numbers during Monday morning’s regular meeting.
Katie Thornton-Lang and Michelle VanDeest of Grundy County Public Health presented first and laid out their budget along with some of their recent work. GCPH recently received a $3,700 grant for suicide prevention, which they hope to implement at all of the county’s high schools, and Thornton-Lang told the board it came as a surprise.
“I was literally doing dances in the hallway that day. We did not expect that,” she said.
In response to a question from Supervisor Jim Ross, Thornton-Lang noted that the anti-vaccine movement has not been a major problem in Grundy County, but there are a few religious and medical exemptions each year. The widely discredited claims of a link between vaccines and autism, however, have been difficult to deal with at times.
“It seems like the negative gets out there more than the positive, and that’s what stays with people,” Thornton-Lang said. 
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