I am Bev Lower, and I am running for Mercer County treasurer. I am 43 and live in Rural Aledo. I attended high school at Rockridge. After graduating, I studied accounting at Blackhawk College. I married Matt Lower in 1995, and we have three lovely daughters who attend Mercer County Schools.
I began working with Mercer County in March 2000 in the circuit clerk's office doing all of the financial accounting; paying out all state and county treasurer, municipalities, and restitution; balancing bank statements; overseeing thousands of court cases involving thousands of dollars in fines and fees, all while interacting with Mercer County citizens.
In November 2012, I moved to the county treasurer's office, where I am currently deputy treasurer. Duties include working with software for banking, cash management and tax collecting. I am responsible for all county departments, including county investments and working with an approximate $11 million budget.
I have assumed responsibilities of the treasurer's duties as of August 2013, such as collecting taxes, distributing taxes, bankruptcies, forfeitures and sale in errors. I have overseen the tax delinquent publications and tax sale. The treasurer's office is responsible for the delinquent tax sale in November.
I love small-town living, where there are so many opportunities to make a difference in our communities, and knowing so many wonderful people.
I want to ensure the Mercer County citizens that if elected, I will keep the office economically efficient. I already incorporated so many changes, therefore if elected there will be no lag in service. I already have the training and experience it takes to do the job of treasurer. I look forward to staying on a path that will be successful to the county and county citizens.
As voters go to the polls on March 18, I hope they take into consideration: Who is the best person for the job?
-- Utilizing our software to its maximum ability, keeping tax collections and distributions efficient.
-- Keeping financial software upgraded for better budgeting, reporting, investing and bank reconciliation.
-- My main priority is to serve the Mercer County citizens to the best of my ability, with an open-door policy, making the citizens feel comfortable to come in the office and ask questions.
Name: Bev Lower
Hometown: Rural Aledo
Education: Graduated Rockridge High School, studied accounting at Blackhawk College.
Occupation: Acting Mercer County Treasurer. Previously worked in the Mercer County Circuit Clerk's Office doing the office financial accounting.
Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital. 1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post . 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.