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Loves Park voters to decide road sales tax referendum

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Loves Park voters will soon have to decide if they should raise their own sales tax to fix their roads. A referendum will be on the upcoming March ballot to ask people that.

It's anything but smooth sailing in Loves Park according to the citizens in support of the 1-percent sales tax referendum. The grassroots group formed in hopes of getting the measure passed

"The roads in Loves Park are in need of repair and a lot of the other communities in the area such as Rockford, Machesney Park and Cherry Valley have all implemented the 1 percent sales tax increase to help go toward road repair," says Diana Johnson, chair.

Rockford enacted a sales tax to move away from buying bonds so tax payers wouldn't have to pay interest to repair their roads. Loves Park Mayor Darryl Lindberg says his city wants to do the opposite. It plans to use the estimated million dollars collected from the potential tax to take out bonds and do major overhauls on the city's bridges and roads.

"If you've been down Alpine recently that's a very big dollar project coming up so the city needs help in getting their roads done," says Johnson.

But not everyone is sold that the roads are in need of immediate repair.

"Some of the them are not too bad others are getting really bad," says Jacqueline Honigford.

"There are some that are in bad shape but not too bad otherwise," says Gary Keister.

However others say they are willing to pay up if the city eases their drive.

"I guess if it means the difference between not having the roads fixed and saving my vehicle I guess the tax is something that is going to need to happen," says Bill Leese.

The sales tax referendum will be on the Loves Park ballot in March.

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