Aldermen Come Up With Plan to Rip Down More Empty Homes

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- There are nearly 2,000 vacant properties in Rockford and some aldermen are behind a plan to spend half a million dollars to rip more of them down.

The council agreed on Monday to put $200,000 in federal grant money towards demolitions. Many on the council want to spend more on ripping down old homes, and would like to use the surplus in the city's sanitation fund to do it. Aldermen say there's around five hundred thousand dollars in that fund. City crews usually take down about 20 vacant homes each year.

The council also voted Monday to increase the city’s hotel tax by 2%. That increase will help pay to update sports facilities and build some new ones as part of the Reclaiming First initiative. A final vote is slated for next week.

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