The Adams County Board wants to protect local contractors from prevailing wage law.
On Tuesday, the board voted against House Bill 924, a proposed amendment to the state's Prevailing Wage Act. The amendment would have established a responsible bidder system for public projects.
That system would allow for a higher payroll on public projects and force contractors to meet certain apprenticeship requirements. The board voted it down, however, because it would limit the bidding power of smaller, local contractors.
Fourth-district representative John Heidbreder says the Prevailing Wage Act is a fair system in theory, but he feels it does not accurately represent smaller contractors. He called the proposed amendment a 'ruse to try to eliminate hometown contractors from public entity work'.
Heidbreder also noted that the cost of projects under the Prevailing Wage Act would not accurately reflect local wage rates.
"We citizens in Illinois, we pay probably about 20 to 25 percent more in labor, for the labor portion of our public buildings than we would if it didn't exist," Heidbreder said.
In other business, the board approved a new round of flood plain surveying at two Quincy locations.
The Curtis Creek and Cedar Creek flood plains will soon be re-surveyed at a combined cost of about $55,000.
The new surveys will update current flood elevation measurements and possibly help lower flood insurance costs to landowners.