Peoria County Road Referendum
At the June 14, 2018 Peoria County Board Meeting, board members voted to include a referendum on the November 6, 2018 ballot to address the needs of our road network. Specifically, it is called a Special Retailer's Occupation Sales Tax for Transportation.
What does the referendum state?
On the ballot it will appear as written below:
To pay for road improvements and other transportation purposes, shall Peoria County be authorized to impose an increase on its share of local sales taxes by 1/2% for a period not to exceed 12 years? This would mean that a consumer would pay an additional 50¢ in sales tax for every $100 of tangible personal property bought at retail. If imposed, the additional tax would cease being collected at the end of 12 years, if not terminated earlier by a vote of the county board.
Why did the Peoria County Board vote to put this on the ballot?
The maintenance and project needs of Peoria County roads exceed its current share of Motor Fuel Tax and County Highway Budget. This tax would provide additional funding to repair certain roads currently owned by the County. Peoria County has estimated our total road network need at $191 million. The annual budget of the Peoria County Highway Department for road improvement is around $3 million.
Discussion by board members:
What purchases would this affect?
If the referendum passes, a 1/2% sales tax would be added to goods sold in Peoria County. The tax would NOT be applied to prescription drugs, groceries, or titled goods (cars, boats, etc). For example, if you purchased a pair of shoes for $100, you would pay an additional $.50 in tax.
What will the money raised be used for?
By State of Illinois statute, the additional sales tax revenue may only be used for road improvements and other transportation purposes (i.e. bridges). The Peoria County Board is specifically putting this on the ballot to address road improvements. It may not be used for equipment purchases, general operations or other, non-transportation, purposes.
Peoria County has estimated the total road network need of 36 projects at a cost of $191 million. If the referendum passes, the sales tax would generate approximately $81.5 million over the 12 years. Not all 36 projects are capable of being funded.
The Peoria County Board has prioritized roads that will be addressed if the referendum passes. Specifically, Peoria County would fund the projects by first issuing bonds. On the map below these are listed as "debt." These would be the first 12 projects to be completed. Then, the final 5 projects will follow with a pay-as-you-go structure. The sales tax collected would be used to then pay back the bonds, and remaining money would pay for the final 5 projects as it comes in.
|Road Name||Project Termini||Project Description|
|Lake Street||Sheridan to Knoxville||Reconstruction Roadway|
|Cameron Lane||IL 116 to US 24||Structural Overlay and Paved Shoulders|
|Gale Avenue||Forrest Hill to Sterling||Reconstruction Roadway|
|Radnor Road||Willow Knolls to Alta Lane||Reconstruction Roadway|
|Koerner Road||Charter Oak to US 150||Structural Overlay and Paved Shoulders|
|Maxwell Road/Middle Road||Fauber to Middle Road to Dirksen Parkway||Reconstruct Roadway|
|Sheridan Road||Northmoor to Glen||Reconstruct Roadway|
|Willow Knolls Road||University St to Allen Road||Reconstruct Roadway|
|Old Galena Road||IL 29 to Boy Scout Road||Reconstruct Roadway|
|Trigger Road||US 150 to Grange Hall Road||Structural Overlay and Paved Shoulders|
|Grange Hall Road||Princeville Jubilee to IL 91||Structural Overlay and Paved Shoulders|
|Swords Hill||Farmington Road to Rohmann Ave||Reconstruct Road and Rehabilitate Bridge|
|Taylor Road||IL 116 to IL Route 8||Structural Overlay and Paved Shoulders|
|Truitt Road||Route 40 to Chillicothe City Limits||Structural Overlay and Paved Shoulders|
|Akron Road||Princeville Jubilee to IL 40||Structural Overlay and Paved Shoulders|
|Park Road||Farmington Road to Nebraska||Mill and Overlay|
|Sterling Ave||MLK Drive to Manor Parkway||Reconstruct Roadway|
How many miles of roads does Peoria County maintain?
The Peoria County Highway Department maintains a network of 315 mile of road. The annual budget for road replacement and maintenance is approximately $3 million.
The department analyzes its roads utilizing the pavement condition index (PCI). The most current data available is from 2016, and the network had a substandard 53.9 out of a possible 100 points with approximately 38% of the network needing life cycle replacement or substantial pavement restoration.
Why are some County roads still inside incorporated cities?
As cities grow, Illinois law requires them to take ownership of township roads that they encompass. However, they are not required to take ownership of county roads. The City of Peoria has a long-standing intergovernmental agreement that allows the County of Peoria to transfer roads once they are brought up to a certain standard. If the referendum passes, the proposed projects inside the City of Peoria would transfer to the City of Peoria once the project is complete.