The City of Bloomington created this web page to focus primarily on upcoming street/sidewalk projects funded through Local Motor Fuel Tax (LMFT). This is in addition to signage, flyers, social media posts, and press releases the City will provide in order to keep the public informed about street maintenance projects in the City. The revenue generated by the now eight-cent LMFT, and one-quarter of one percent of the Home Rule Sales Tax, is kept separate in a special fund that can only be utilized for this work.
Local Motor Fuel Tax and Home Rule Sales Tax collected in FY2020 to date total $1,211,177. Expenditures total $455,817.
Please note, there is a time lag between when LMFT is collected and when it is reported.
Public Works rates streets using the 10-point Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER) system. In addition, the Department manages a regularly-updated, interactive, Geographic Information System map. Click here to view the interactive pavement rating map.
Asphalt and Concrete Projects and Funding Since FY 2014
At the March 18, 2019 Committee of the Whole meeting, Staff gave a presentation highlighting asphalt and concrete projects and funding since FY 2014. Click here to view the presentation or watch the meeting video below.
The table below provides information about planned resurfacing work, timelines, and detailed information about each project area. Click the link on most of the street names to view a PDF that includes information about why the segment was selected for resurfacing this year as well as photos of the current condition of each street. A single document (linked below) includes all of these individual documents as well as the resurfacing plan map.
Reclamite preservative treatment will be applied in early to mid-October as weather permits. Temporary 'No Parking' signs will be placed in the blocks to be done prior to treatment. A map of streets to receive the treatment will be made available closer to the application date.
An applicator truck sprays the reclamite on the asphalt surface. The material penetrates into the asphalt and changes color in about 15-30 minutes depending on temperature and other factors. A light coating of sand is then applied to absorb any material left-over and reduce tracking of the material. One half of the road will remain open during treatment.
Reclamite is an emulsion made up of specific petroleum oils and resins. It penetrates into the top layer of asphalt pavement and brings the Maltene and Asphaltene ratio back to a proper balance. The rejuvenating process keeps the pavement flexible, so both cracking and road fatigue are reduced. It also seals the pavement from air and water, slowing the oxidation process and reducing the loss of small aggregate. This type of treatment is designed to keep the good streets in good condition longer.
Sidewalk and Ramp Replacement
This program is designed to provide for construction of sidewalk ramps that are compliant with standards related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, other sidewalk repairs, and projects in which property owners voluntary enter a 50 percent cost sharing agreement.
The City is in its fifth year of its 10-year Sidewalk Master Plan. The funding level has equated to a service level envisioned in that plan. In the past, low funding levels meant patching problems, with Public Works having to leave other nearby problems unaddressed. In many cases now, the City is able to solve sidewalk problems for a half-block or entire block, rather than at just one property.
The Department uses sidewalk grinding for its vertical displacement repair program. The work entails repairing sidewalk in which two adjoining panels are uneven by grinding to eliminate the displacement. The cost for this type of repair is a fraction of the cost of replacing one of the panels. Previously, grinding has been a pay item in the regular sidewalk contract, and the pay item is in this year’s regular sidewalk contract. However, the City is increasing use of grinding as a way to address sidewalk settlement in certain neighborhoods, primarily on the east side, where concrete is in good physical condition but displacement between adjoining sidewalk panels is common.
Information about the City of Bloomington's Local Motor Fuel Tax is available here, including the relevant code, registration and remittance forms, and frequently asked questions.
If you need any additional information please contact the Finance Department at (309) 434-2233.
Are there any exemptions to the Local Motor Fuel Tax?
No. There are no exemptions.
What is the difference between the Local Motor Fuel Tax and the State’s Motor Fuel Tax?
The Local Motor Fuel tax is in addition to the State’s motor fuel tax.
As such, the City's eight cents ($0.08) per gallon Local Motor Fuel tax is levied directly by the City of Bloomington and should be submitted directly each month to the City.
Who is liable for the Local Motor Fuel Tax?
It is the responsibility of any business owner who thinks they may be subject to this tax to implement and remit this tax to the City.
Although the Local Motor Fuel Tax can be passed on to patrons, the business owner is liable for collecting and submitting this tax to the City. Each Business will need to determine the best mechanism for charging and collecting this tax.