City Council prepares for Illinois Motor Fuel Tax increase

By Kendra Hennis 
As a part of the State of Illinois budget for the current year, the Motor Fuel Tax (MTF) rate has doubled. The current understanding of the City Council is that Tuscola will receive a 68 percent increase of about $78,000 due to the Motor Fuel Tax increase. The Council also stated that Tuscola is projected to receive $295,000 of additional Motor Fuel Tax funds over the next three years, as a part of the Rebuild Illinois capital plan. Although this is a one-time disbursement, the Council believes that it will be split into three of four actual payments. 

Earlier in the week were the annual required meetings of the Joint Review Boards of all three TIF districts. The Joint Review Boards are made up of representatives of each of the other tax districts and an “at-large” member. The purpose of these meetings are to review the annual reports and to provide an opportunity for them to comment or even make a written report to the City Council that concerns the conduct and administration of the TIF districts. As is usually the case, there were no attendees at any of the meetings. 

City Administrator Drew Hoel noted that three voluntary annexations will be presented at the December meeting. The parcels on US Route 36 where the Ta’Carbon is opening and the soon-to-be-developed Love’s Travel Center, which will be two parcels. 

In other news, developments have been made at the North Ward Square. The City has officially closed on the sale of the old North Ward School site. Developers Mike Carroll and Mark Petty will begin building at the site, with water and sewer installation happening as soon as this week. 

The Property Tax Levy is still available for public inspection and comment. Currently, the board has not received any comments and the ordinance that enacts the levy will be available at the December 9 meeting. 

As mentioned at the public hearing last month, we are still in the middle of the sixty-day objection period for the establishment of the Special Service Area to address the drainage issues at Ironhorse. If there are an insufficient number of objections received, then a Special Meeting will be scheduled for December 30 to present an ordinance to establish the SSA. However, if a sufficient number of objections are filed, there will be no need for a meeting or ordinance since the process will end at that point. 

The Council also:

– Approved the minutes from the previous meeting on November 12.

– Approved the payment of bills in the amount of $164,315.17.

– Approved the purchase of a new sewer pump at the South Sewer plant in the amount of $11,929. 

– Approved to lease the Community Building with alcohol on January 24 for the National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet. 

– Approved to lease the Community Building with alcohol December 13-15 for a Wedding reception. 

– Adjourned until their next meeting on Monday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. 

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