FAQ

Road Maintenance

  • The minimum for new installation of driveways is 15 inches in diameter and 30 feet in length, although some may require a larger diameter culvert. Check with the road commissioner if you have any questions on what your property requires.

  • Have you thought about putting up a mailbox that will stand out from the rest?

    Have you thought about putting up a mailbox that is indestructible... one that could delay the progression of a tank?

    There are guidelines from both the Illinois Department of Transportation and the U.S. Post Office that define such things as height and methods of installing mailboxes.

    In order for your mailbox not to be a hazard to motorists, it must have light weight supports. This means no concrete pillars, I-beam "posts," stone aggregate held together by wire cage, etc.

    Your mailbox must meet road sign standards and be able to break or bend if struck by a vehicle. U.S. Post Office regulations give good guidance:

    "Heavy metal posts, concrete posts and miscellaneous items of farm equipment such as milk cans filled with concrete are examples of potentially dangerous supports. The ideal support is an assembly that bends or falls away when struck by a vehicle.(U.S. Post Office regulation 632.524)"

    Why does this matter to you? Because you might be liable for personal injury or property damage if your mailbox is considered a "hazard" by IDOT and U.S. Post Office definitions and it is struck by a car, truck or other motorized vehicle.

    If you are planning to replace your mailbox support, or are considering placing multiple boxes at one location, contact the township road commissioner for guidance.

  • No. In fact, the complete right of way (33 feet either side of the center line) is off limits to these vehicles. The primary reason for this law is the safety of the operator of the snowmobile or four-wheeler.

  • The township has responsibility for the ROW along township-maintained roads. On occasion, we may have to trim or cut a tree if drivers' vision could be obstructed or if low hanging branches could pose a problem during a heavy snow or ice storm. Often homeowners are aware of problem trees and take steps to correct their obstruction. When that does not occur, the township will do the cutting back.

  • No. The county maintains some (look for blue signs that indicate it is a county road) and the state maintains some, primarily Routes 24 and 9. As an aside, the township is not to plow snow from any roads except those designated as township roads.

  • If you see the dumping occur, note the license plate number and report it to the county sheriff's office. If you see items that have been dumped that could pose a driving hazard or that is particularly unsightly (for example, a mattress or appliance), call the township office and talk to the road commissioner or a member of the road crew. Or leave a message for the road commissioner if he is not available. In your message, be very specific on the location of the dumping. Thank you for your community involvement.

  • If you plant wildflowers on the right of way near your home, please let the township know so the flowers will not be inadvertently mowed during summer operations. It might be a good idea to post a sign indicating that the area is planted in wildflowers and should not be mowed. Leave a message for the Road Commissioner at 697-6252, including your exact address and a phone number so a confirmation call can be made.

  • The township does not sealcoat all roads each year. Sealcoating is not designed to build up the road bed; it is to keep moisture out and dust minimized. Thus, it is not usually necessary to sealcoat each road each year...once every two or three years is normally adequate. We do check for cracks and deterioration each year, however, and will sealcoat any road that needs it even if it was done the previous year.

  • The boom mower is both a labor saving device and a safety tool. The other option is to use chain saws that take much more time and can be dangerous to the operator. We also prefer using the boom mower to the use of herbicides for environmental reasons. The brush and scrub trees that are cut by the mower are potential obstructions to a clear view of the roadway and thus a safety issue for drivers.

The Township

Tax Information

  • This is a plan that allows those 65 years of age or older and on fixed incomes, to not pay property taxes annually. Please note that this plan does not exempt them from having to pay property taxes; it simply defers payment. The State of Illinois will actually pay the property taxes due each year. Upon the death of the property owner or sale of the property, the balance of ALL taxes paid by the state must be satisfied out of the property's equity at an interest rate of 6.0 percent.

  • An "assessment freeze" is a property tax exemption that maintains your assessed value from the previous year. This means upon qualification (see next paragraph for who qualifies) the assessed value of your property on which you are taxed cannot increase. It is VERY important to understand that this, as is the case with ALL exemptions, does not mean your taxes cannot increase. Although the value on which your taxes are calculated is maintained, the tax rate itself may increase which, in turn, increases the amount you are taxed.

    Who qualifies. Must be owner-occupied property. At least one individual on deed must be 65 years of age within the current tax year. TOTAL household income may not exceed $40,000 annually. This includes any and all persons residing at the residence regardless of relationship or whether they are on the deed. Assessment freeze must be filed each and every year prior to Sept. 1 of that tax year. An individual turning age 65 on Dec. 31 DOES qualify for assessment freeze within that tax year as long as filed by Sept. 1 of that year. (e.g. 65th birthday on Dec. 31, 2003--must file by Sept. 1, 2003)

  • This is a property tax exemption that, upon qualification (see next paragraph for who qualifies) will REDUCE the assessed value of your property. Again, it is VERY important to bear in mind that this affects the value ONLY and not necessarily your tax rate or final tax bill.

    Who qualifies. Must be owner-occupied property. At least one individual on deed must be 65 years of age within the current tax year. Household income does NOT apply. This is a one-time filing and need not be filed each year.

  • This is a property tax exemption that applies to room additions, new garages, new out buildings, new decks, new in-ground pools, etc. These type items will not be taxed for four full years.

    Who qualifies. Must be owner-occupied property. Must be classified as residential property with the Peoria County Assessor's office. Properties classified as farm may receive this exemption for improvements done to the dwelling only (i.e. outbuildings will not qualify). The exemption is automatically filed by your township assessor.