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Fiscal 2017 City Budget Includes Investments In Urbana's Future

Urbana’s proposed budget for Fiscal 2017 includes some significant investments for the future.


The budget, for the fiscal year that starts July 1, shows $45.4 million in revenues and $49.5 million in expenditures, with capital projects accounting for most of the difference. In the important general fund, which pays for most city employees, the budget projects $33.1 million in revenues and $34.9 million in expenditures.


The budget calls for drawing down the city’s general fund balance from the current $8.4 million to $6.9 million to make a number of investments in city streets, equipment and facilities. Those investments include a transfer of about $900,000 to shore up the city’s Vehicle Equipment and Replacement Fund, which needs additional funding to meet the vehicle and equipment needs for the police, fire and public works departments. Similar sized transfers are planned for two additional years beyond fiscal 2017.

Solar Urbana-Champaign Closes with 605 kW of Solar On 81 Homes and Businesses

The Solar Urbana-Champaign program came to a close on May 31, helping 81 home and business owners install over 605 kW of solar in Champaign county. The program is result of the City of Urbana’s partnership with Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA).

Over 140 home and business owners received solar site assessments through the program, 81 of which have decided to go solar. Over the next year their combined energy cost savings will be greater than $67,000, and will offset over 1.1 million lbs of CO2.solar uc

Urbana Public Arts Program Acquires Stranger Reduction Zone

Urbana Public Arts Program to acquire Stranger Reduction Zone by Timothy C. Flood 

The City of Urbana Public Arts Program is pleased to announce the exciting acquisition of Stranger Reduction Zone by Timothy C. Flood.The sculpture is an interactive piece shaped like a traffic light, with a button that visitors can push to be greeted in different languages. Located adjacent to the south entrance of The Urbana Free Library, Stranger Reduction Zone was first brought to the Champaign-Urbana community by local nonprofit Public Art League (PAL) in 2014.  

Urbana Landlord Fined $473,000 for Property Maintenance Code Violations

The City of Urbana has prevailed against a landlord in a court case involving serious property maintenance code violations at three apartment buildings in southeast Urbana. The court assessed fines in the amount of $473,700.


Champaign County Associate Judge John Kennedy ruled Wednesday (May 18) that Platinum Group Properties LLC -- owned by Paul Zerrouki and his wife, Nicolette Negrau -- must pay the fines within the next 12 months plus court costs.


The $473,700 includes daily fines for a two- year period running from June 2012 to June 2014, when the city was trying to get Platinum Group Properties to repair deteriorating balconies and walkways and other code violations at 1302, 1304 and 1401 E. Silver St. The daily fines ordered by Judge Kennedy varied between $200 and $300 per day per building.

Proposed Urbana Central TIF District - Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Plan & Project

On March 7, 2016, the Urbana City Council passed Resolution 2016-02-008R stating the City's intent to designate a portion of the City as a tax increment finance (TIF) Redevelopment Project Area and to induce development interest within such area. The area being considered for designation as a TIF area includes the downtwon area and adjoining areas. The area is referred to as the Central Redevelopment Project Area.

The Central TIF Redevelopment Plan Report was placed on file with the City Clerk for public review on May 13, 2016. The document is also available online here on the City's website. A public hearing is expected to be held in July prior to the adoption of ordinances approving the proposed Redevelopment Plan and Redevelopment Project, establishing the proposed Redevelopment Project Area and adopting the proposed tax increment allocation financing.