Frequently Asked Questions


WHERE ARE WE ON THE ROAD REPAIR SCHEDULE?



Village staff is currently going through the process of bidding and awarding contracts for all work connected with the 2013 road program, which includes watermain replacement on some streets. Village staff has compiled a tentative list of Village streets that will be rehabilitated over the next five years. Staff has inspected the conditions of the Village roads. Based on these inspections, the roads to be rehabilitated have been prioritized. Please refer to the tentative five-year road rehabilitation list on the webpage to check if your road is on the list.

Note: This list is reviewed annually with the Village Board Streets Committee and subject to change.  
 

WHERE IS THE LIST OF STREETS TO BE DONE THIS YEAR?


The list of roads to be rehabilitated can be located on the Village website or by clicking here.


WHEN DOES THE VILLAGE ANTICIPATE STARTING?


The Village will start the road rehabilitation projects as soon as weather permits in the Spring each year.

WILL WE RECEIVE NOTICES OF THE CONSTRUCTION IF OUR STREET IS BEING RE-DONE?


Village staff will provide construction updates via US mail to residents who will be affected by the construction prior to the start of any work. As always, general construction notices for the projects will also be emailed to “Notify Me” construction update subscribers.

“Notify Me” updates can be subscribed to by doing the following:

  1. Go to the Libertyville Homepage at: www.libertyville.com
  2. From the menu of items on the left side of the screen, click the button “Notify Me”
  3. Follow the instructions as stated on the page, enter your email address and select “Construction Updates” box under Notify Me to receive construction updates from the Village.

Village staff strives to send out construction notices as far in advance as possible to update residents of impending construction in their area and the potential impacts that construction may have on them.

IF MY STREET IS NOT DONE THIS YEAR, WHEN WILL IT BE DONE?


The Village has identified a plan of approximately 30 miles of roads which will be included for repair. The list of roads will be subject to annual review and re-evaluation based upon coordination of water and sewer main work and those most in need of repair to provide safe access for emergency vehicles and the public. Based on a number of factors, roads listed on the five-year rehabilitation list, may move up to different locations on the list. The tentative five-year list will be re-posted on the website when the list is updated.

WHY IS MY STREET NOT ON THE FIVE-YEAR LIST?


The Village has identified a plan of approximately 30 miles of roads which will be included for repair. (There are 90 miles of roads within the Village). These roads were found to be the most in need of rehabilitation. If not, these roads may deteriorate to the point they will need to be reconstructed which is nearly three times the cost of rehabilitation.

WHOM DO I SPEAK TO IF I THINK MY ROAD SHOULD BE INCLUDED ON THE FIVE-YEAR ROAD REHABILITATION LIST?



You may contact the Public Works Engineering Division at 847-918-2100 Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to discuss the road rehabilitation list.

WHOM DO I CONTACT WITH CONCERNS/COMPLAINTS REGARDING THE CONSTRUCTION?



You may contact the Public Works Engineering Division at 847-918-2100 Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with concerns and complaints. Further information will be provided here shortly regarding contact information for updates, urgent requests and other questions during construction.

HOW HAS THE VILLAGE FUNDED ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN THE PAST?



Pre-Referendum funding for the Village Road Program came from two sources, which included motor Fuel Tax (MFT) and the Village Capital Improvement Fund. MFT funds represent a tax collected by the State of Illinois on the sale of gasoline (currently .19 cents per gallon) and a portion of the tax is distributed to municipalities based on population. The Capital Improvement Fund is supported by revenues from the sale of vehicle stickers and a portion of the telecommunications infrastructure maintenance fee.

HOW MANY ROAD MILES DOES THE VILLAGE MAINTAIN?



The Village of Libertyville owns and maintains approximately 90 center lane miles of roads, made up of a combination of concrete and asphalt surfaces. These roads require continual maintenance & repair and last an average of 15 to 20 years (depending upon weather, traffic volume, and type of traffic).

WHEN WAS THE ROAD REFERENDUM APPROVED?



The $20 million road referendum was approved on March 20, 2012 during the election. The Village will issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $20 million over a five-year period and perform the road repair work over a five-year period beginning in 2013.

The Village of Libertyville continues to experience deteriorating road conditions throughout the Village.

THE VILLAGE OF LIBERTYVILLE CONTINUES TO EXPERIENCE DETERIORATING ROAD CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT THE VILLAGE.



The Village currently spends approximately $1 million dollars per year on road repairs and reconstruction. This amount is not sufficient to keep up with deteriorating road conditions and maintaining the Village roadway system to an acceptable standard.

The cost to repair a road ranges from approximately $650,000 per mile for a pavement overlay to approximately $1.85 million per mile for a full reconstruction. Significant cost savings can be achieved by making repairs to roads before they deteriorate to the point where full construction is required.

AREN'T MY PROPERTY TAXES USED FOR ROADS?



Libertyville resident’s tax dollars support nine separate governmental agencies that serve our community. The Village of Libertyville share of a homeowner’s real estate tax bill is approximately 7% of the total taxes paid. The Village utilizes its 7% share of your property tax bill to fund a variety of Village services, including Police, Fire, Public Works (Street and Sidewalk maintenance, Storm Water, Street lighting, Parks Maintenance and Forestry) Community Development, Boards and Commissions, Administration, Legal Services, Community Organizations and Recreation. While property taxes are used for limited roadway and sidewalk maintenance, they are currently not used for road construction.

Grade School District #70
36%
High School District #128
36%
Lake County
8%
Village of Libertyville
4%
Library
4%
College of Lake County
3%
Lake County Forest Preserve 3%
Libertyville Township 2%
Water Agency (JAWA) 1%


HOW MUCH WOULD THIS ROAD REPAIR REFERENDUM COST ME??



Due to various bond requirements with regard to issuance and when the bonds must be spent, it is anticipated that the Village will stagger the $20 million bond issue into five $4 million bond issues. Property tax rates would then be adjusted only as each bond is issued. The referendum would allow the Mayor and Village Board to increase the property tax rate in order to fund the bonds issued for road repairs. For a home with a market value of $300,000, the Village anticipates that the referendum would initially add approximately $2.83 per month ($34.00 per year) to a residents’ property tax bill, up to a maximum of $11.32 per month ($135.93 per year). While the referendum represents a significant increase in the property tax rate, the Village of Libertyville would still maintain one of the lowest property tax rates of area communities in Lake County.