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2019-2023 Capital Improvement Program

Presented in these pages is the City of Rockford’s Fiscal Year 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Program, a comprehensive program of infrastructure investment and maintenance throughout the City.  The Program’s mission continues to be the advancement of enhancing public safety, maintaining and improving the movement of commerce and economic activity throughout the City, and promoting a sense of well-being for the community as a whole.  Areas of emphasis that are apparent in this program include the programming of regular maintenance activities to economically prolong the life of our infrastructure, targeted repairs to our highway structures, improvement of our stormwater  system, continued investment into neighborhood and arterial streets, and the enhancement of our City-wide pedestrian and bicycle accommodations.  In  further detail, the Capital Improvement Program is subdivided into the nine categories, each of which is a chapter in this book.

The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is created by the Engineering staff of the Public Works Department within the City of Rockford.  This program is funded in by three main sources: the 1% Infrastructure Sales Tax approved by the voters through a five-year referendum, Motor Fuel Tax, and the Capital General Fund.  These dollars are also used to leverage external grants and State and Federal funding awards.  Staff works diligently to understand the needs of the community and its aging infrastructure to formulate a robust and fiscally responsible program.  This program is a working document, intended to communicate to the citizens of Rockford where the tax funds they have entrusted to the City are being   directed.

Since the 2007 1% Infrastructure Sales Tax Referendum was approved by voters, $174 million in sales tax revenues have been directly invested into improving Rockford’s infrastructure.  The annual revenue of approximately $16 million allows the City to use cash for funding, thereby avoiding debt service.  This method ensures that 100% of available funds to go directly back into investing in projects.  The 1% Infrastructure Sales Tax has been a great success for the City, allowing for over 187 miles of City streets and sidewalks to be resurfaced or reconstructed, and within the next five years will permit us to address all load posted bridge structures.

The final section of this book is the Fiscal Year 2019-2023 Water Improvement Program, which outlines the investments the Water Division will be making in its infrastructure over the same period and highlights major projects and initiatives.

Please click here to see the current draft Capital Improvement Program in its entirety, which was approved by City Council on December 3, 2018.  Please visit the Public Works page for additional project information, and archived Capital Improvement Programs from prior years.