Monticello business district

Pictured here are proposed boundaries for a possible 190-parcel business district in Monticello.

A public hearing for the City of Monticello’s proposed business district is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, prior to the city council’s regular meeting which begins at 7 p.m.

All interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard at the meeting.

The city has been researching the possibility of a business district, which would fund downtown area improvements with an added 1 percent sales tax on some retail goods. A consultant has estimated the district would generate approximately $400,000 annually.

The proposed Business District encompasses 190 parcels of property in the downtown portion of the City. Generally, the business district area takes in parcels of property from North Railroad Street east to Buchanan Street along Bridge Street/West Center Street, and parcels along IL-105 from East High Street south to West Marion Street, including blocks of parcels between Park and Buchanan Streets.

A copy of the business district plan, which includes a boundary map of the business district, is available for public inspection at the city clerk’s office at 210 N. Hamilton St., Monticello.