New Report Reveals 22.3% of Freeportians Are In Poverty

Freeport, Illinois — A new report released revealed that nearly one out of every four to five people in the city of Freeport are classified as being in poverty.

According to the City of Freeport West Galena Avenue Business District Business Plan, 22.3% of all persons in Freeport are listed in poverty, as compared to the state average of 13%.

The number comes as the city of Freeport is looking to explore a new tax on the Galena Avenue business district in Freeport. On page 5 of the City of Freeport, Illinois West Galena Avenue Business District, Business District Plan it shows this graph.

freeport poverty graph as part of the City of Freeport Illinois West Galena Avenue Business District Business District Plan

The report states municipalities are authorized to create Business Districts by the Illinois Municipal Code, Business District Development and Redevelopment Law, specifically in 65 ILCS 5/11-74.3-1 et seq., as amended (“Business District Act” or “Act”).

This document, entitled, City of Freeport, Illinois, West Galena Avenue Business District, Business District Plan, March 2018 (“Business District Plan”), is to serve as a Business District Plan for the area that generally includes the properties along West Galena Avenue from the west side of North Whistler Avenue on the east, to City Street on the west, and adjoining rights-of-way (“Study Area”).

The boundaries of the West Galena Avenue Business District have been drawn to include the City of Freeport’s commercial areas, and is a contiguous area which only includes real property directly and substantially benefited by the proposed project to be undertaken as part of the Business District Plan.

The City of Freeport (“City”) has determined that this area would benefit from designation as a Business District, as specifically provided for in the Business District Act. This area is subsequently referred to in this Business District Plan as the “West Galena Avenue Business District”, or the “Business District”.

You can read the full report here. (pdf)


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