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Leaf Pickup begins October 20, 2014
The Public Works Department will pick up leaves beginning October 20, 2014 through November 21, 2014. We ask that leaves be raked to the curb by November 17th in order to allow the crews to complete leaf pick up by November 21st prior to converting trucks for snow removal.
See map for zoned leaf pick up (view link). We will be providing up- to-date scheduling as zones are completed. Weather impacts the schedule, so check back often.
Residents are advised to place leaves at the curb so vacuums can reach the pile. No sticks, grass clippings, yard waste, trash or any other debris may be mixed in the pile. Items other than leaves will damage the equipment and your pile will be avoided. Please see landscape waste information below for other service options.
Landscape Waste Program through Moring Disposal is available April 16th through November 19th - view link
Mayor Jim Gitz and Police Chief Todd Barkalow have announced the hours for Halloween trick or treating this year. The suggested hours are 5:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014. These hours are advisory and children can legally trick or treat beyond these hours. .
Chief Barkalow cautioned Freeport motorists to use special care on Halloween night, and to be on the look-out for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, or darting out from between parked cars. Mayor Jim Gitz listed several safety tips for parents:
Area Events provided by: The Freeport/Stephenson County Convention
Notice of Election
The City of Freeport will hold an election to nominate candidates for the offices of Alderman in Wards 1 through 7 and the Alderman At-Large on the following dates:
The terms of office for Alderman in 2015 shall be:
Note: Thereafter their successors shall be elected for terms of 4 years
For information to include with nomination petitions, please consult the State of Illinois Candidate's Guide 2015. A copy of the 2015 Candidates Guide may be obtained in the office of the City Clerk or through the website of the Illinois State Board of Elections. This document contains election information, signature requirements, and filing guidelines. IL State Board of Election website: http://www.elections.state.il.us/
The Stephenson County website (County Clerk department page) provides electronic files (PDF version) of previous election results. The following link is provided to assist in obtaining this information: Stephenson County Clerk website: http://www.co.stephenson.il.us/clerk/elections.asp
Please visit the State Board of Elections' website periodically for any changes or amendments to the 2015 Candidates Guide. The Freeport City Clerk makes no representation regarding the accuracy or validity of the documents in the provided links.
Respectfully submitted by;
Martha E. Zuravel, City Clerk
Property Tax Bills
Property Tax Bills were mailed by the Stephenson County Treasurer in the spring of 2014 for the 2013 Stephenson County Real Estate Taxes for taxing bodies including Freeport School District 145, Stephenson County, Freeport Corporate, Freeport Park District, Highland Community College, Freeport Public Library, Freeport Township, and Freeport Mosquito Abatement. Installments are due on June 6th and September 5th.
Did you know that only 9.208% of your total property tax bill goes to the City of Freeport? That amount pays for police and fire emergency services and personnel, street maintenance and crews, leaf pick-up, snow removal, demolitions, building permitting and inspections, licensing, grant writing, transportation, nuisance inspection, animal control, accounting and city administration functions to help the City of Freeport run effectively.
How much of my tax bill is directed to the other taxing bodies? view link. Please note; these comparisons are the percentage share of the tax bill and not the taxable rates. To view charts for comparison purposes, view links below:
Last year, a home valued at $146,000 located in the City limits and owner occupied paid taxes in an amount of $404 to the City of Freeport. Based on taxes that are due in 2014, the City of Freeport's share of property taxes on this same home is $389.
If you have any questions pertaining to your account, please feel free to contact the City of Freeport's aggregation consultant, Rock River Energy Services at 815-732-4603.
Who is eligible to participate?
How do I enroll?
Do I have to participate in the municipal or county aggregation plan?
What if I decide to opt-out after the opt-out deadlines have passed?
What are the Rates and Terms for my Municipality or County?
Letters were mailed May 30 from Homefield Energy -- sample link
For answers to frequently asked questions and online registration - view link
All rental properties must be in compliance with the lease/rental agreement and registration provisions by June 2, 2014. The City of Freeport will mail information to rental property owners in advance of this date with further instructions on registering properties. View amendment passed by Corporate Authorities on June 16, 2014.
2013 Year End Report of the City of Freeport
On Monday, January 13, 2014, Mayor James Gitz and department heads presented a report to the City Council summarizing 2013 City accomplishments. A full narrative report is expected in the coming weeks. Click here for a copy of the report presented to the City Council.
---Caring For Our Communities ---
ComEd has dedicated $10 million in assistance funds in 2014 to help customers facing financial hardship pay their electric bill. Through April 1, 2014 ComEd has adjusted the eligibility requirements for financial assistance programs for eligible residents including seniors, veterans and activated members of the armed services. In addition, the company is now offering flexible budget billing and flexible deferred payment agreement options to assist customers receiving higher than normal bills in light of the severe cold weather blanketing northern Illinois.
To apply for ComEd's Residential Special Hardship grant, or the State sponsored assistance programs, such as LIHEAP, customers should visit a local LIHEAP Agency. For more information on any of ComEd's assistance programs or to enroll in ComEd's bill-payment assistance programs, call 1-888-806-CARE (2273) or visit ComEd.Com/CARE for more information.
This City is dedicated to crime reduction. We will be relentless in pursuing criminals and bringing them to justice. We intend to serve notice on people who come to Freeport thinking it is a good place to hang out, rip people off, sell drugs and otherwise drag this City down. The message is: clean up your act or go to prison. For the people who have families, or live alone, who work hard or have retired, and all who care about this City, we also have a message: this City is dedicated to helping you succeed – to live, work and enjoy life in a safe, caring community.
This plan has six (6) goals. It seeks to: (1) create safer neighborhoods, (2) promote personal accountability, (3) develop stronger community relationships, (4) create safer housing, (5) foster interdepartmental cooperation in the deployment of city resources, and (6) make sound, data driven decisions. The City already has reinstated Community Policing, but we know we need a broader strategy that builds strong relationships with all parts of our community.
For more information or to submit comments on this draft plan, please contact Mayor Jim Gitz at (815) 235-8200 or mail to 524 W. Stephenson, Suite 310, Freeport, Illinois 61032.
We Need You On Our Boards and Commissions!
Becoming a member of a board or commission for the City of Freeport is fulfilling community service work and plays a vital role in moving Freeport forward. The City of Freeport has openings on various Boards and Commission. Please let Mayor James Gitz know of your interests through completion of the following form: view link.
Sidewalk Program Reimbursement
The Sidewalk Reimbursement Program is a voluntary program in which owners of residential use properties and the City of Freeport share the cost of replacing sidewalks within City limits. The scope of a reimbursement project includes the main walk, the courtesy walk and existing catwalks/landing steps within the public right-of-way. The City of Freeport will also contribute in-kind services for the removal of existing sidewalks for eligible projects. The City of Freeport will continue to build ADA-compliant corner ramps where applicable, with the City paying the entire cost of the ramps. This year's program shall provide qualifying applicants with a reimbursement of $1.50/SF .
How does the process work?
Applications for the City of Freeport Shared Cost Sidewalk Program can be picked up from the City of Freeport Building Department located at 524 W. Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor (area behind Water & Sewer Department) or can be downloaded under the following link – view full program overview, application and waiver form .
The City of Freeport Public Works Department will review each application and perform site visit to verify that the replacement meets program requirements. Please be sure to read and follow the program guidelines to qualify for reimbursement:
Jane Addams Trail
Stretching north from Freeport, Illinois, to the Wisconsin state line, the Jane Addams Trail is a natural wonder. Expect to see birds and wild animals-from exotic aerial hunters, such as owls and hawks, to run-of-the-mill squirrels and deer. Its crushed limestone surface may be used by hikers, bicyclists, snowmobilers, and cross-country skiers. This multi-use 15 mile recreational trail offers beautiful scenery and is highlighted by 21 decked bridges passing wetlands, creeks, woods, prairies, geologic formations and farmland. For further information please visit:
Freeport Sales Tax Rates
Freeport Sales Tax Rates: Effective January 1, 2010, the sales tax rate for general merchandise for the City of Freeport is 8%. For prepared foods which are subject to the City's food and beverage tax, the rate is 9 1/4%.
Sales tax charts may be purchased from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.
STARTING A BUSINESS IN FREEPORT?
Looking to start a business in the Freeport area? Follow this link for some helpful information: Business Start-Up Brochure
The Midwest is working as one region to connect its residents through improved high-speed and intercity passenger rail service. Connecting the metropolitan areas of the region, such as Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Des Moines, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis- St Paul and St. Louis, to each other through rail will create new jobs, stimulate private investment, expand transportation options and reduce our environmental impact.
For more information, please visit this link: Midwest High-Speed Rail
The City of Freeport is part of the Rawleigh Collaboration Team--a community-driven effort to renovate and reuse the historic Rawleigh Industrial Complex in downtown Freeport, Illinois. Visit www.renewrawleigh.com to learn more.
For more information on the Freeport Mosquito Abatement District
Call the Mosquito Control Hotline @ 1-800-942-2555
Freeport City Hall