Loves Park asks residents to extend sales tax to pay for roads

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LOVES PARK, Ill. (WTVO) – Ahead of the June 28 primary election, a group of Loves Park citizens have come together to push for a referendum on the road.

Loves Park Mayor Greg Jury said most townspeople don’t realize they don’t pay municipal property taxes. This is even more of a reason why the existing road referendum is needed, according to Jury.

“That’s why this road referendum is a very important thing for us to continue here in the City of Loves Park,” Jury said.

The road referendum was implemented in 2014, with strong support from residents.

“It was successful and right now we are in the process of extending it another 10 years with a 10-year sunset clause,” Jury said.

The 1% sales tax will continue if the majority of residents vote “yes”. The tax only applies to items purchased from retail stores or restaurants. It excludes groceries and medications.

The revenue generated will be devoted to public infrastructure, such as road maintenance.

“During that time, we were able to do about $30 million worth of road repairs, which we probably wouldn’t be able to do without that sales tax,” Jury said.

A residents’ committee also recognized the importance of the funds and posted signs. The jury said the roads in Loves Park are in fair condition overall, but there is always room for improvement.

“We have a lot of roads that we need to reach inside housing estates and residential areas,” Jury said. “And we also have work to do on Forest Hills Road.”

Only Loves Park residents can vote on the issue, but the sales tax applies to anyone shopping in town. It is estimated that at least a third of the tax collected comes from non-residents of Loves Park.

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