The City Council of the City of South Beloit has determined that the financing of public roadway infrastructure improvements would be significantly enhanced with sales and occupations tax revenues. A resolution to present a referendum question to voters was passed by the City Council on December 18, 2023, following the request of a group of citizens.

Therefore, at the General Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, the following proposition will be submitted to the voters of the City of South Beloit as a referendum item:

Shall the City of South Beloit, Illinois impose a 1% Retailers’ and Service Occupation Tax (commonly referred to as a “Sales Tax”) for expenditure on public roadway infrastructure in accordance with Sections 8-11-1.3 and 8-11-1.4 of the Illinois Municipal Code until December 31,2029?

The 1% increase is to be used for roads only (no other infrastructure) and has a 5-year sunset clause. The tax would be generated January 1, 2025 through December 31, 2029.


Further Details

  • The City of South Beloit received $360,000 in 2023 for Motor Fuel Tax from the State of Illinois, this number continues to go down as more electric vehicles hit the road.
  • August 2022-July 2023 the one percent of sales tax received was $1,456,000 (this number fluctuates).
  • Neighboring communities have passed an additional 1% sales tax suggest that 65-85% of items are eligible for the additional increase, so we calculated 75% of items could be taxed. 75% of $1,456,000 is $1,092,000.
  • The City of South Beloit estimates 1 million to $360,000 and prepared rough estimates of the attached road projects that are in que.
  • The city will hold a Community Input Meeting on this referendum soon.