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City of Centralia Receives Another Unexpected Bill from IDOT

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

The City of Centralia has received a large outstanding bill in the amount of $70,000 from the Illinois Department of Transportation. This is the third time the city has been surprised by an overdue bill notice from IDOT in the past two years.   The last bill seeking $110,000 arrived just a few months ago.  City Manager Dan Ramey announced the city had received the bill during Tuesday's city council meeting.

The Bill charges the city for the blacktop overlay completed in 2010 on Broadway Street from Oak Park to Pullen Boulevard. The bill came as a shock to Mayor Tom Ashby, who was confused and agitated as to why the previous administration did not pay the bill.

"When you do a project now, you bring it as part of the budget and you incur it as part of the budgetary project, knowing that it's going to cost us $100,000 dollars...don't you?" Ashby asked Ramey.

Ramey replied "Mayor, I can't answer why other people did things."

Ramey said that due to a bookkeeping technicality, the outstanding bill may never have made it to the books. I-DOT paid the initial bill, meaning it never showed up on city ledgers. I-DOT expected to be reimbursed.

The bill is due October 29th.

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