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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 PM through 7:00 PM on Saturday, October 31, 2015. 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:
Save money and energy with the ComEd Smart Ideas® Energy Efficiency Program.
Property Tax Bills
Property Tax Bills were mailed by the Stephenson County Treasurer in the spring of 2015 for the 2014 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 19th and September 4th.
Did you know that only 8.98% of your total property tax bill is forwarded to the City of Freeport and the City's percentage share of taxes has dropped every year for last five years from 9.893% in 2010? That amount pays for police and fire emergency services and personnel, street maintenance and crews, leaf pick-up, snow removal, demolitions, building permitting/ inspections, licensing, grant writing, nuisance inspection, animal control, accounting/payroll 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, home values were lowered. A property valued at $146,00 the year before was valued at $141,580 this year. This property valued at $141,580, located in the City limits and owner occupied, paid taxes in an amount of $462.23 to the City of Freeport while paying $3,076.27 to the Freeport School District #145, $573.06 to Stephenson County and $445.61 to the Freeport Park District.
Household Waste Collection Guidelines
New Websites for Economic Development Opportunities, Riverfront Redevelopment, Pretzel City Kitchens...
Visit this site to learn about redevelopment opportunities for the Rawleigh Complex redevelopment: www.rawleighrenew.com
Visit this site to learn about a collaborative effort to promote reinvestment, strengthen neighborhoods celebrate the river, and support the many community-driven initiatives throughout the riverfront area: www.freeportforward.org
Visit this site to learn about a planned commercial kitchen in Freeport, Illinois designed to grow the regional food economy in the Illinois-Wisconsin stateline area: www.pretzelcitykitchens.org .
2015-2016 Water Main Project through IEPA
ORDINANCE #2015-25, An Ordinance Amending Chapter 1052 (Water and Sewer Capital Improvement Fund) of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Freeport, Illinois as passed by corporate authorities on May 4, 2015 to add $6.00 per month to the Captital Improvement Surcharge - view link
ORDINANCE #2015-09 as passed by corporate authorities
on February 2, 2015 -
View link to summary of project: Notice of Intent to Issue a Categorical Exclusion and the Project Plan a
876.04 DURATION OF REGISTRATION. - Registration shall be required annually for each residential rental structure by June 1 of each year beginning June 1, 2015, unless (i) all or part of the ownership of the residential rental structure changes, or (ii) the number of rental units in the residential rental structure changes. If either such change occurs, the then owners of the residential rental structure shall within 45 days of the change, file a new application of registration with the Building Commissioner of the City of Freeport.
For answers to frequently asked questions - view link
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.
City Hall Public Outreach - view photos of buildings and documents on file
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
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.
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:
Landscape Waste Program begins
There is a pre-paid cost each season of $80 which includes weekly service and toter. Please contact the hauler to determine which one serves your area. Freeport uses two waste haulers:
The City of Freeport has an annual leaf collection program but this program runs only in the fall. For spring clean-up, you must sign up for landscape waste subscription.
For more information on the Freeport Mosquito Abatement District
Call the Mosquito Control Hotline @ 1-800-942-2555
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
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