In hopes it will attract more visitors, the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau said it will support home rule on the March 20 ballot.
The RACVB made this decision at its Jan. 31 board of directors meeting. It strongly believes it would improve Rockford's safety, benefiting residents and visitors. The board said it's concerned about the city's overdependence on property taxes and hopes home rule powers would allow the city to diversity its revenue stream and lower property taxes.
The RACVB says if voters approve home rule, Mayor McNamara has indicated he will propose raising the city's hotel tax by 1 percent to use on city operations.