(505 ILCS 145/70)
A properly qualified wheat development program shall
provide for assessments against producers of the
affected commodity to defray the costs of the activities provided for in the
wheat development program.
Assessments authorized in a wheat development program shall be based on the
quantity of commodity marketed and
shall be equitably assessed against all affected producers.
The total assessment levied on the commodity of any affected producer
shall be 1.5 cents per bushel of wheat
produced and sold by that producer. After the first 5 years a program is in
operation, the wheat development board
may request the Director to hold a referendum to increase the assessment rate.
A referendum to increase the
assessment rate shall be considered approved if a majority of those producers
voting in the referendum vote in favor
of the increase. The wheat development board shall increase the rate as set
The wheat development board shall require the first purchaser of wheat to
withhold and remit the assessments to
the wheat development board. A first purchaser remitting the assessments for
any producer shall deduct the proper
amount of assessment from any amount that he owes to the producer. The wheat
development board shall have
the power to cause any duly authorized agent or representative to enter upon
the premises of any purchaser of wheat
and examine or cause to be examined only books, papers, and
records that deal in any way with
respect to the payment of the assessment or enforcement of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 90-377, eff. 8-14-97.)