O'Fallon Progress

O’Fallon approves partial special census

O’Fallon City Administrator Walter Denton
O’Fallon City Administrator Walter Denton

O’Fallon will be completing a partial special census.

The O’Fallon City Council on Monday unanimously approved the partial special census, which will cost $150,572 to complete.

By conducting this partial special census, the city expects to capture about $600,000 in additional revenue annually from the updated population growth, or about $153 per each additional resident.

The overall benefit for O’Fallon is expected to be about $2.5 million from July 2017 to 2021.

O’Fallon officials project the city’s population has topped 30,000 residents.

The 2010 census put the city’s population at 28,396.

O’Fallon City Administrator Walter Denton expects the partial special census will start in late summer or early this fall.

O’Fallon last completed a special census in 2008.

The city also completed a special census in 2006, which put the city’s population over 25,000, making O’Fallon a home-rule municipality.

Home-rule municipalities in Illinois are allowed to impose and collect taxes locally on utilities, hotels, restaurants, alcohol and tobacco sales, and real estate transactions, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue. Home-rule municipalities also are exempt from the state’s property tax cap law that limits a local government’s annual levy request on existing property to the lesser of the rate of inflation, or 5 percent.

For a time, in the mid to late 1990s and early 2000s, O’Fallon completed a special census every other year because of its rapid growth.

The city’s continued growth warrants the city doing another special census, Community Development Director Ted Shekell said on Monday.

A partial special census abides by the same USCB standards as a full census, but is not conducted on a decennial schedule and simply targets certain areas of the municipality.

Denton said the city has already made some preliminary calls about staffing the upcoming partial special census.

O’Fallon is the latest municipality in the area planning to complete a partial special census.

The Village of Shiloh will also be starting its partial special census shortly, Shiloh Village Clerk Brenda Kern said Tuesday.

Village officials believe Shiloh has grown by 1,000 residents since its 2013 special census.

The Shiloh special census will cost the village about $112,000.

The last census completed in 2013 put the population just under 13,000.

The next census will be in 2020.

Shiloh and O’Fallon plan to use the additional money generated to fund capital improvements.

For instance, O’Fallon uses its state income tax and motor fuel monies to match state transportation grants, Denton said.

This summer, O’Fallon will use that money to help fund the roundabout construction at Fairwood Hills, Simmons and Milburn School Road, and for sidewalk improvements being made around local schools, he said.