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home : local news : local news May 03, 2016

3/14/2014 11:09:00 AM
Treasurer Bailey unopposed
Incumbent Republican Twyla Bailey is unopposed in her bid for a second full term as Crawford County treasurer.

Bailey, 49, Robinson, has worked in the treasurer's office for 27 years, performing duties such as collecting taxes and general accounting.

In January 2010, she was appointed as county treasurer to fill the term of Doris Tracy, who retired after 18 years. She was elected to a full four-year term in November 2010.

Among her accomplishments is outsourcing the printing of property tax bills. When she first joined the treasuer's office in 1987, bills were printed by an outside company, then the office took over the chore.

By again hiring a company to handle the printing and mailing of bills, Bailey has eliminated the cost of paper, ink and extra help in her office, saving some $4,000 per year. Also, the contractor gets a bulk mailing rate for the bills.

She added that her office is the last stop for the tax bills before they are ready to be mailed. "Once the bills come into our office from the clerk's office, we work very hard to get them out in a timely manner," Bailey explained.

Bailey has also established a method for paying property taxes on the county's website - - with a credit card. Instructions are on the back of the tax bills. Last year, $80,000 in tax revenues came in via that route.

In her second full term, Bailey hopes to implement a "positive pay program" that will secure the county's money. She also hopes "to continue running an efficient and helpful office." She said she and her staff have a good relationship with the public.

"We are here for you," she said. "It's our job to help you."

Bailey said she also believes she has a good working relationship with the Crawford County Board.

Bailey also served as Robinson Township clerk for one and a half terms. She was appointed in February 2005 and then elected in April 2005. She was re-elected in 2009.

She is an active member of the local Republican Party. She and her husband, Jim, are members of the First Missionary Baptist Church, Flat Rock.

She is a long-standing member of Illinois Women's Bowling Association and was president of both the Robinson and Newton chapters.

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