As a result of what happend last Spring, Rockford City leaders got stuck at a red light. But Rockford Aldermen may be ready to take the wheel again after proceeding with caution trying to find a way to pay for road improvements. Monday night, aldermen learned that it's going to be hard to stay within their means while completing some major road projects. The general fund to continue improvements to Harrison Avenue, Morgan Street Bridge and the Alpine Dam could be in jeopardy. Discussion began amongst aldermen, will the city go for a ¾% or 1% sales tax hike.
Rockford Public Works Director Bill Bittner states, "We have some really critical needs that need to be funded. But the decision for the taxing capabilities of our community is really one for the policy makers."
That decision needs to be made by February in order to get a referendum on the Spring ballot. Aldermen are supposed to give a recommendation next week to staff.