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Finance Department

The Finance Department is responsible for the sound financial management and integrity of the finance system in the administration, development, and monitoring of the operating and capital budgets. Tasks include investments, debt management, and monthly reporting. The Finance Department is here to assist the public and citizen groups with information requests, and to make recommendations to the City Administrator, Mayor, and City Council on financial and budgetary policies. 

The City of Fairview Heights promotes excellence in government financial management. For the first time in the City's history, the City received the Distinguished Budget Presentaion Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the Fiscal Year 2013-2014. The award reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. Receipt of the award was based on criteria that included how well our budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.

For budgets, audits, and other financial related reports please see the Finance Resources page. For the agendas and meeting minutes of the Finance Committee, please see Finance Committee - Minutes and Agendas.

Thanks for visiting our webpage. Please contact us at 618-489-2055 if you have any questions regarding the City's finances.

 

 USEFUL LINKS

Illinois State Treasurer

http://www.treasurer.il.gov/

IRS

http://www.irs.gov/

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Illinois Dept of Revenue:

http://www.revenue.state.il.us

Illinois State Comptroller

http://www.ioc.state.il.us/

 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - FINANCE DEPARTMENT

 What is the sales tax rate in Fairview Heights?

Effective January 1st, 2012 the total sales tax rate in Fairview Heights is 8.35% with the exception of the Shoppes at St. Clair Business District where it is 8.85% (excluding Barnes & Noble Bookstore). The total rate is the combination of rates from multiple taxing entities that includes the State of Illinois and St. Clair County. The City of Fairview Heights - in most cases - receives 2.0 cents for every $1.00 spent in Fairview Heights.

 What is the Home Rule Tax?

The Home Rule Tax is a portion of the total sales tax rate. Effective January 1st, 2012 it is 1.0%. By City ordinance, 45% of the receipts are to be used for the city's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The remaining receipts may be utilized for the operation of the City, with a priority towards maintaining the City's infrastructure.

 What is the Hotel/Motel Tax Rate?

Effective October 1st, 2011 the City charges a 7.0% tax on hotel room receipts.  The revenue generated is primarily utlized to retire a revenue bond and to encourage tourism to the City by sponsoring events such as the Midwest Salute to the Arts, Miracle League Baseball Fields and Midwest Wing Fest.

 What is the Food & Beverage Tax?

Effective October 1st, 2011 the Food & Beverage Tax is 2.0%. The tax was originally implemented to retire an $8 million bond debt for the construction of a new police facility, Ogles Creek improvements, stormwater projects and sewer expansion program.  The tax is based on retail sale of food and beverages that have been prepared for immediate consumption.

 

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