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A Beautification Tax for Downtown Rock Island Was Approved

Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

Downtown Rock Island property owners will pay a tax levy to keep their neighborhood beautiful.

In December, the city council approved the Special Service Area ordinance for the downtown area.
Miles Brainard, Community and Economic Development Director, says only one change was made to the boundaries of the service area.

"There were 4 parcels that were cut out of the final Special Service Area. Basically, there was a vacant lot, a storage building, and an occupied house. The woman of that house made a formal request to be cut out of the SSA."

The next step in the process to establish the new property tax levy is to send it to Rock Island County.

"The SSA establishes a 1.15% of equalized assessed value tax on properties within the service area. So that will be collected in 2023, with funds being available for use that same year."

Property owners who object could file a petition before January 13th to try and block the Special Service Area and tax hike.
The Special Service Area in downtown Rock Island includes 1st to 7th Avenues and 13th to 28th Streets.

Susanna Kemerling is WVIK Quad Cities NPR's 2022 Fellowship Host/Reporter. She graduated from Northern Illinois University for Media Studies in Communication and spent the last year working as a Teaching Assistant through the graduate program at NIU.