Rockford City Sales Tax Renewal Question (April 2011)

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A Rockford City Sales Tax Renewal Question was on the April 5, 2011 Winnebago County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 9,196 (74.4%)Approveda
  • NO 3,165 (31.74%)[1]

This measure sought to renew the current sales tax rate in the city which is set at 8.25 percent. In 2007 voters approved a one percent increase which will expire this year so if it had not been renewed then the sales tax rate would have gone back down to 7.25 percent. The current one percent increase is used to fund infrastructure improvements in the city mostly road repairs and maintenance. One city official noted that the previous property tax for road repairs should be asked instead of renewing the sales tax. Though others noted that the sales tax is preferred because it has generated more money and also gets non residents who visit the city to help.[2] Those in favor of the measure noted that the city uses the money to make investments which are good for the greater community, while those opposed say that the tax will hurt business sales.[3]

This tax currently generates near $16 million a year for city road repairs and investment into infrastructure and advocates for continuing the tax were stressing the need for this money to ensure the cities growth.[4]