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Area Events provided by: The Freeport/Stephenson County Convention
Demolition of Dangerous and Unsafe Structures
Pearl City Road - Kiwanis Drive Roundabout
December 2, 2013 --- The Pearl City Road – Kiwanis Drive roundabout was opened
View Brochure "All About Roundabouts"
This photo was taken of the roundabout apron on November 1, 2013
To view a diagram of the Roundabout Intersection - see link
Executive Summary - view report presented to the corporate authorities of the City of Freeport on July 9, 2012 at a Committee of the Whole Meeting, July 16, 2012 at a City Council Meeting and January 3, 2013 at a special City Council Meeting- View report
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.
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.
This is a draft plan. The next step is to engage the citizens of this city in conversation about its contents, make needed changes, and make sure there is public buy-in. Once the comment period is over, we will seek to implement every point in the plan. If some strategies do not work, we will change them. The bottom line is to make sure we do everything we can to create a safer community. Our by-word is action.
Sidewalk Reimbursement Program
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:
PROPERTY TAX BILLS
Property Tax Bills were mailed by the Stephenson County Treasurer in the spring of 2013 for the 2012 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. Installment were due on June 28, 2013 and September 6, 2013.
Did you know that less than 10% 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 the last three years see below:
In 2012, the City of Freeport received property taxes on a home valued at $151,000, located in the City limits, and owner occupied in the amount of $378.20. Based on taxes that are due in 2013, the City of Freeport's share of property taxes on this same home is $403.73. To view a chart showing how the other taxing bodies will share the 2012 property taxes that are payable in 2013: see link.
For more information on the Freeport Mosquito Abatement District
Call the Mosquito Control Hotline @ 1-800-942-2555
Freeport Water & Sewer Commission
To view a copy of the 2013 Water Quality Report, please visit the Water and Sewer Department page using the following link: view page
Albertus Airport (FEP)New Corporate Hangars- view brochure
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.
Freeport City Hall