Rockford Fee Increases: Summary

By: Whitney Martin/ City of Rockford Memo Email
By: Whitney Martin/ City of Rockford Memo Email

ROCKFORD (WIFR)-- Here is summary of the proposed fee increases for the city of Rockford. Information was taken from an internal memo. Aldermen hope to approve the budget by the first of the year.

The fee increases were laid over during Monday's meeting.

Major changes are as follows:

•General business licenses were increased approximately 3% across the board for an additional $1,500 annually. Rotating wrecker annual application fees were changed from $5 per tow truck to $250 annually per company and will be increased annually to become more competitive with other municipalities. The rotating wrecker changes will generate an additional $5,000 annually.

•Liquor licenses were increased approximately 3% each for an additional $15,500 annually. A new fee for late renewals of liquor license was implemented at 1-15 days late $250 and 16-30 days late $500.

•Construction and Development Services fees were increased slightly in some areas. Moving structure permits increased from $50 to $100 and carnival device permits increased from $75 to $100. Demolition contractor licenses were increased approximately 3%. The changes will generate an additional $1,000 annually.

•Public Safety Fees saw some small increases; $40 for residents for ambulance fees and $80 for non-residents. Special services increase from $170 to $200 per hour. Administrative processing fee for impounds increased from $100 to $500 for statutorily permitted offenses. The change will generate an additional $60,000 annually for ambulance fees and $500,000 for impound fees.

•Community Development fees reflect only one change. Garbage fees were raised to $15.50 to cover the cost of forestry service.

•Public Works fees reflect increases in parking rates. Changes in both hourly rates and monthly permit rates will generate an additional $40,000 annually. Water rates were increased 3% and charges for water connection fees increase 20%. These changes will generate an additional $550,000 in revenue for the Water fund.

Revenue increases as a result of these fee changes total $1,153,000 for fiscal year 2012 for the general, parking, and water funds. These changes have already been incorporated into the proposed budget.


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