From our friends at WIFR. Also be sure to scroll all the way down and watch the video at the bottom of this article, by Rockford citizen Nancy Gdowski
(WIFR) — Renters in Rockford could soon see their rent bills go up as the city looks to landlords for rental registration fees to help with their budget deficit forcing many landlords to pass that fee onto their tenants.
“They’re going to hurt people not help people all because the city cant budget their money shame on them,” says landlord Mary O’ Sullivan-Snyder.
Mary O’ Sullivan-Snyder is one of the many landlords taking issue with proposed change to a local law calling for landlords to pay a fee to enter Rockford’s rental registry.
The money would generate nearly $700,000 for the city. A fee many landlords say they would have to pass on to their tenants.
“It’s ultimately coming back to them their rents will go up they have to go up,” says O’ Sullivan-Snyder.
7th ward alderman Anne Thomson Kelly proposed the amendment that includes nixing the housing board something Paul Arena with the Rockford Apartment Association says is needed now more than ever.
“It was focused on crime so situations that were criminal in nature and difficult to handle it was a way to give the landlord some direction,” says Paul Arena with the Rockford Apartment Association.”
The housing board is something 14th ward alderman Joe Chiarelli says landlords are not using.
“They’ve made it hard for people to want to invest in the city and when you do that that’s the beginning of the end of the city because now they are going to have more vacant properties on the bulldoze list,” says O’ Sullivan-Snyder.
Aldermen say they need more time to come up with a solution and are now turning to landlords like Snyder for more input.
“Renter better look at their alderman and ask them if they are for this or not,” says O’ Sullivan-Snyder.
The amount of the fee and whether the housing board will stay in the amendment is all up for discussion and undecided at this point. The codes and regulation committee chair Joe Chiarelli says the landlords will the get the opportunity to discuss their concerns before any decisions are made.
Any changes made to ordinance after the public hearing would go back to committee and then still need to go to full city council.
A date has not been decided for the public hearing just yet
They also plan on taxing you, if you own a pet as well! http://rockfordscanner.com/2017/01/city-wants-to-charge-you-tax-for-your-pets-to-fix-city-budget/
They also want to tax you buy bringing back the vehicle stickers http://www.mystateline.com/news/considers-bringing-back-vehicle-stickers/648552062
Take a minute and watch this outstanding job by citizen Nancy Gdowski at a recent city council meeting