Guest Column: Vote ‘Yes’ on street referendum

Guest Column: Vote ‘Yes’ on street referendum

By Rockford Mayor Doug Scott

Each year, voters in Rockford are asked to support the annual city street referendum, and we’ve had good success in winning voter approval. This year’s bond issue is for $8.2 million and includes such major projects as the reconstruction of Rockton Avenue and Winnebago Street and improvements along Alpine Road and 9th Street. A major portion of this year’s program is the more than $3.5 million earmarked for the resurfacing or reconstruction of neighborhood streets.

Thanks to your support, we have come a long way in rebuilding Rockford. Since the first street referendum was approved in 1982, the city has invested about $322 million in rebuilding our streets, bridges, drainage and water systems.

According to our Finance Department, approval of this year’s referendum will raise the city’s property tax rate about 5 cents and cost the average homeowner about $1.25 a month or about $15 on your tax bill next spring. I might also add that with bond issues from the early 1980’s being retired each year, tax hikes are being kept to a minimum.

Please do your part to keep Rockford moving in the right direction. I urge you to vote yes again this year when you go to the polls on April 1.

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