City of Rockford announces tree removal loan program

Published: Oct. 30, 2017 at 5:10 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Rockford launches a new program to get rid of dying trees in city neighborhoods.

The Tree Removal Loan Program approved earlier this month by city council now begins allowing homeowners who make less than $70,000 to have dying trees removed from their property. The city says Emerald Ash Borer left many trees dead and the trees are now considered a safety hazard.

Residents will commit to a repayment plan based on the loan amount. Payments will be made over 12 months for $750 loans, 2 years for a $1,500 loan, and a schedule will be negotiated for loans above $1,500 repaid with monthly water bills.

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