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City of Freeport Calendar of Meetings - 2014

 

Comprehensive Plan adopted April 5, 2010

 

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City of Freeport Job Openings

Boards and Commission Form

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Area Events

Area Events provided by: The Freeport/Stephenson County Convention
and Visitors Bureau
- view link

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For more information on the Freeport Mosquito Abatement District
please visit the Stephenson County Website using this link: Mosquito

Call the Mosquito Control Hotline @ 1-800-942-2555

  • To be notified prior to a Mosquito Control application.
  • To report possible mosquito breeding areas, such as standing water or stagnant water or unkempt swimming pools.
  • To report any mosquito annoyances in your area.
  • For further information regarding the Clarke Mosquito Control Program and what products are being utilized.

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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.

Electrical Aggregation

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.

View link to Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate?
Residential or small business customers located in the participating governmental entity boundaries may participate. Customers enrolled in real time pricing, Power Smart Pricing, space electric heat rate, or served by an alternative retail supplier may not be eligible.

How do I enroll?
It's simple. It's automatic. Unless you “opt-out” of the program, all eligible ComEd customer accounts within the boundaries will be enrolled in the program. You will receive a “switch” letter from your utility, ComEd, confirming your enrollment. If you are a current participant, there is no need to reenroll.

Do I have to participate in the municipal or county aggregation plan?
All eligible ComEd utility customers within the municipal or county boundaries will receive an opt-out notification letter via U.S. mail. You may “opt-out” by returning the Opt-Out card by the deadline date identified in your notification. If you choose to opt-out, your account remains with ComEd at the current utility rate.

What if I decide to opt-out after the opt-out deadlines have passed?
You may opt out at any time by calling our toll free number or sending us an email.

What are the Rates and Terms for my Municipality or County?
A listing of communities served by Homefield Energy can be found at www.HomefieldEnergy.com . Select your municipality or county to find the applicable rates, contract length, and the terms and conditions for your particular governmental entity. Customers who are enrolled in the program should see the changes on their monthly electric bill 45 to 60 days after enrollment.

Letters were mailed May 30 from Homefield Energy -- sample link

Mailing Including Opt out postcard

Sample Electric Supplier Choice Confirmation letters from ComEd

View Link to Article Published by Mayor James L. Gitz

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Residential Rental Property Regulations

--- Extended to June 2, 2014---

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.

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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.

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For further information visit the link above to "Living in Freeport" --- Garbage/Recycling website page. View Link

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---Caring For Our Communities ---
ComEd offers Flexible Payment Options and
Financial Assistance to customers in need
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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. 

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City of Freeport Public Safety Plan

Public Safety Plan Progress Report - February 2014

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.

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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.

Forms should be returned to Mayor James Gitz, 524 W. Stephenson Street, Suite 310, Freeport, Illinois 61032. Please call and speak to Mary Ann with any questions at phone number 815-235-8200.

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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:

PDF of Sidewalk Program Overview, Waiver Form and Application
Cement Contractor Listing
Word file - application and waiver form

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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:

http://janeaddamstrail.com/

http://janeaddamstrail.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/jattravelingbrochure5-11.pdf

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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.

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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

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PROSPERING TOGETHER

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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RAWLEIGH LINKS: Renew Rawleigh or ARTSPACE

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.

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Freeport City Hall
524 W. Stephenson St.
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-8200 or 815-235-8203