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 Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.