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Investing in Infrastructure
Over the next decade, Roselle has a number of critical and mandated infrastructure updates that must be addressed. In order to build a strong future for Roselle and develop a funding plan that strikes a balance between creating new revenue sources and borrowing funds, Village officials and staff are seeking the community’s input.
Next Community Forum: July 2023
May 18, 2023
At our second Infrastructure Community Forum on May 18, 2023, we discussed how the Village maintains streets and sidewalks and reviewed infrastructure funding information shared at the first forum. We also discussed the different options Roselle has in order to sufficiently increase funding for the community's infrastructure,
Your feedback is important to not only shape future community conversations, but also to let Village staff and officials know your preferences for funding our community's infrastructure. If you were part of the forum on May 18 or watch the recording at a later date, please take our survey!
- Watch the May 18 Community Forum recording
- Download a copy of the May 18 Community Forum presentation slides
March 15, 2023
We held our first Investing in Infrastructure Community Forum on March 15, 2023. Attendees learned about infrastructure improvements coming to Roselle, got an introduction to Village finances and how infrastructure is funded in our community, and had the chance to ask questions and share their feedback on the best path forward. Thank you to everyone who joined us!
- Watch the March 15 Community Forum recording
- Download a copy of the March 15 Community Forum presentation slides.
What is Infrastructure?
Infrastructure includes our streets and sidewalks, water system, wastewater treatment and collection, stormwater, and buildings and grounds. Infrastructure impacts everyone in our community, from residents to business owners to visitors. Maintaining reliable infrastructure is critically important to health and quality of life in Roselle.
To maintain our community's infrastructure, the Village manages several annual infrastructure improvement programs, such as the annual street improvement program, and systematically reviews Village-wide infrastructure to prioritize and plan for future updates.
Infrastructure projects are largely funded through the General Capital Improvements Fund or the Water/Sewer Capital Improvements Fund. However, some necessary infrastructure improvements will overextend the existing revenue sources that would ordinarily fund these improvements. Other projects may need additional financial support after preliminary design work is completed and construction costs are finalized. You can see the full list of capital improvement projects planned for 2023-2027 in the FY 2023 Budget.
Essential Infrastructure Projects at a Glance:
- IEPA-mandated deadlines to replace existing lead service lines
Wastewater Treatment & Collection
- IEPA-mandated removal of nitrogen and phosphorous from wastewater at both Devlin and Botterman Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Expansion and equipment upgrades at wastewater treatment plants to keep up with regulations and future capacity needs
- Mitigate stormwater flooding within Devlin Drainage Basin
- Mitigate stormwater flooding within Seasons 4 Drainage Basin
- Additional funding needed to address pavement conditions
Want to Learn More?
Download our info sheets:
- Investing in Infrastructure Overview + Funding 101
- Wastewater: Critical Improvements + Funding Sources
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the municipal campus master plan/Petal Plaza part of the library’s proposed new building?
The Village of Roselle and the Roselle Public Library District are separate taxing bodies that do not share funding. The Village’s plans to update the municipal campus are not tied to the result of the library’s referendum question on the April 4, 2023 ballot. While the Village and the Library have worked together to create initial concepts for the space between its buildings, it is important to note that any construction of a new Library building and the Village’s planned renovation of the municipal campus are separate projects.
Do my property taxes fund infrastructure improvements?
No. Approximately 10% of your property tax bill goes to the Village. Property taxes go into the General Fund, which is the Village’s general operating fund. Revenue from property tax, sales tax, state income tax, ambulance billing, local use tax, and vehicle stickers goes into the General Fund.
The General Fund is used to cover government operating expenses like personnel and contractors and is not used to fund infrastructure operating expenses or infrastructure improvements. For more information, view the Village’s 2023 Budget.
How does the Village fund infrastructure improvements?
Infrastructure projects are funded primarily by the General Capital Projects Fund, Motor Fuel Tax Fund, or the Water/Sewer Capital Projects Fund, depending on the type of project:
- The General Capital Projects Fund is supported by utility taxes (municipal natural gas, electric, telephone) and is used for projects associated with Village buildings, annual programs like yard flooding assistance and sidewalk replacement, and storm sewer improvements.
- The Water/Sewer Capital Projects Fund is supported by the capital improvement surcharge (CIS) on your water bill and is used for projects related to our water system, as well as wastewater collection and treatment.
- The Motor Fuel Tax Fund is supported by the statewide sales tax on motor fuel and can be used for projects related to highways or road work, such as our annual street improvement program.
Is the Village planning to increase property taxes to fund infrastructure improvements?
No, the Village is not considering levying additional property taxes to secure funds for infrastructure projects.
Is the Village considering increasing other rates/fees to fund infrastructure improvements?
Potentially. Some options for securing necessary revenue could include rate or fee increases that would need Village Board approval. Other options would require voter approval and would be decided by a future referendum. Ultimately, the Village wants to hear from the community before choosing a path forward. The Village will solicit feedback on funding options from forum attendees and will continue the conversation with residents over the coming months.