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On May 7, 2019, the City of Belvidere approved the Downtown Façade Grant Program. This program is designed to enhance the overall appearance and image of Belvidere’s downtown areas. A property owner or tenant may be eligible for a 50/50 match up to $5,000 for improvements made to the exterior of their property. Facades wider than 50 feet may apply for up to $7,500 in grant money. Please contact Gina DelRose in the Community Development Department for further information.

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Welcome to the New ePAY!

Effective February 1, 2019, the City of Belvidere converts to the new and improved ePay system for your water bill payment needs. Our goal is to make the conversion to the new system as seamless as possible on our ability to take payments. The new ePAY offers contemporary payment solutions such as accepting credit cards at the counter here at City Hall or use recurring bill pay when paying online. The ePAY website will look a little different but you should find it extremely user friendly. Please let us know if you have any problems! We hope this upgrade better serves the citizens of Belvidere!

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In order to help the general public understand how we handle each snow storm, our salting and plowing policy is written below. Keep in mind that the snow removal ordinance prohibits parking on any public street, alley or parking lot whenever two inches or more of snow accumulates. By using this system, we can generally have the entire city plowed curb to curb, including alleys and parking lots within 8-10 hours following the end of the storm.

1" or less of Accumulation: Salting Only. As soon as roads become slick, we will begin salting of all arterial and collector streets and just intersections on residential streets.

If the storm begins after regular Street Department working hours, the Police Department Shift Supervisor can authorize the dispatcher to call in one (1) or two (2) Street Department employees to begin salting operations. If additional manpower is needed, the Street Superintendent will be contacted by one of the employees on duty.

1" to 2" Accumulation: Salting operations stop after 1" accumulation. We will begin plowing arterials, collectors, and residential streets, if conditions warrant, when the storm ends. If there are cars parked on the street, plows will go around them.

More than 2" Accumulation: After 2" have accumulated, only the driving lanes on arterials, collector and residential streets will be plowed. Primary emphasis will be on high traffic streets, therefore not all residential streets may be plowed at this time. Driving lanes will be re-plowed at each additional 3" of accumulation until the storm ends.

In the municipal parking lots and in the street scape parking areas, we will attempt to clear all snowfall prior to 7:00 am. Vehicles parked in these areas Monday - Saturday between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm will not be ticketed or towed. After 7:00 pm, they will be subject to towing and tickets.

When the storm ends, all streets, alleys, and parking lots will be plowed curb to curb subject to the above policies and any vehicles parked on the roadway will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.

The End of Your Driveway

The City’s crews use side discharge plows. As the plows move forward, snow moves along the blade from the left to the right. The discharge from the blade is deposited along the curb or in the grass boulevard on the city right of way. This discharge, officially known as a “windrow”, ends up leaving snow in driveway approaches along the route. While we understand the aggravation this can cause, this natural result of plowing is unavoidable.

Your Mailbox

The goal of the Street Department is to clear the streets for travel. No matter how hard we try, it is not possible to provide perfect conditions for your mail carrier. Final clearing adjacent to mailboxes is the responsibility of each resident. 

The Postal Service asks customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes, to help letter carriers deliver the mail.  This will help your carrier efficiently deliver your mail.  If your carrier is not able to safely deliver the mail to your mailbox, delivery may be suspended.

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ComEd Tree Trimming Scheduled in your AREA

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TRIPP ROAD CONSTRUCTION:

 

CONSTRUCTION ON TRIPP ROAD WILL BEGIN SEPTEMBER 10, 2018.  TRIPP ROAD WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN CRYSTAL PARKWAY AND CORPORATE PARKWAY - ROAD WORK TO BE COMPLETED BY THANKSGIVING.

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City of Belvidere passed a Local Motor Fuel Tax as of July 16th, 2018

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Local Motor Fuel Tax

What is the Local Motor Fuel Tax?

As a home rule municipality, the City of Belvidere can adopt local option taxes. The Local Motor Fuel Tax (LMFT) is levied upon the purchase of motor fuel sold at retail within the corporate limits of the City.

 

What is the Tax Rate?

The tax rate is set at two cents ($0.02) per gallon on gas and diesel fuel.

20 Gallons of fuel per week - $21.00 per year

25 Gallons of fuel per week - $26.00 per year

30 Gallons of fuel per week - $31.00 per year

When does the Tax go into effect?

The LMFT will go into effect on September 1, 2018.

         

How will the City use the LMFT Revenue?

The tax is estimated to generate $200,000-$300,000 annually in new revenue that will be used for road improvements throughout the city. It will also help pay for the rising cost of police and fire pensions.

What is the Process for collecting and remitting taxes collected?

Retailers must first complete a registration form that was mailed out in July and is also on the City website. The registration form should be completed and submitted to the City no later than August 17, 2018.  Retailers must remit each month’s tax collections along with a remittance form. The remittance form and taxes collected to the City of Belvidere must be submitted no later than the 20th of the month following the month of collection. In other words, taxes paid by customers in September of 2018 must be remitted to the City by October 20, 2018.

Who can I contact with additional questions?

You may call the Finance Department at 815-544-2612 with questions about the tax rate, remittance deadlines, etc. Additionally, any forms required can be found on the City website at www.ci.belvidere.il.us.

 

Local Motor Fuel Tax Ordinace CLICK HERE

Local Motor Fuel Tax Application for Registration

Local Motor Fuel Tax Return Form

Local Motor Fuel Tax Return for Multiple Locations Form

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City of Belvidere
Department of Public Works

 

June 8, 2018

401 Whitney Boulevard, Suite 200

Belvidere, Illinois 61008

815-544-9256 FAX: 544-4255

 

N O T I C E

Street From  To
Newburg Road   Ispen Shaw
West 4th Street 10th Ave

Columbia

Distillery Road Bus 20 River Run
Gateway Center Chrysler  FarmingtonWay
Willow St Warren  End
East 2nd St Fremont Caswell
Van Buren St Lincoln Menomonie
Blaine St Madison Jackson
Bennett  St Lincoln Menomonie
Glen Elms Dr Freemont Whitney
CedarDale Dr Elmwood Bellwood
9th Ave 6th St 9th St
Maryland Ct Rebecca Appleton
     

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By completing the survey below you are helping us better understand our community and your concerns.

Boone County Health Department Survey

 Business Registration License 

Ordinance 361H - Amending Chapter 26, buiness of the City of Belvidere Municipal Code  - Click Here

 

Business Registration License Application - Click Here

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WARNING

Some door to door solicitors of electrical energy may have made fraudulent claims that the City has authorized them to view existing energy contracts. This is not true. We suggest that you do not share any existing documents, contracts or bills with unknown door to door salespersons. This information alone may allow them to switch your electrical provider, even without your permission.

Belvidere Police Chief Jan Noble would like to remind residents about tips for solicitors that come to your home: -Ask for identification -Verify the individual and company -Inquire if they've obtained a permit from the city to solicit -Read any contract or agreement carefully -Don't be pressured -Listen carefully -Know your rights. The Federal Trade Commission's Three Day Cooling-Off Rule gives the consumer 3 days to cancel purchases over $25.00 that are made in their home or at a location that is not the seller's permanent place of business. -If you aren't interested in speaking with a solicitor, tell them so and ask them to leave.

In the event you should encounter an unscrupulous solicitor, try to obtain a physical description of the person(s)and report that information to the Belvidere Police Department (815)544-2135.

The City of Belvidere is currently accepting proposals for independent audit services. The purpose of these audit services will be to express an opinion on the fairness of the presentation of the City’s basic annual financial statements for the fiscal years ending April 30, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Proposals must be submitted to the City no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 28, 2016. CLICK HERE for a copy of the RFP. The City of Belvidere reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals.

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Sewer Backups

Connection of storm water sump pumps to the City's sanitary sewer system is prohibited. Such connections quickly overload the system in severe rain events and may cause sewers to back up. Residents may receive notice to schedule an appointment for an inspection. Please respond within the time specified to assist the Department with preventing future sanitary sewer backups. If you have questions or concerns, please call 815-544-9256.

Storm Water Survey

Are you interested in or concerned about stormwater quality and run-off in your area? If so, please click here to fill out this survey. Thank you.