MTD plans annexation of subdivisions

MTD plans annexation of subdivisions

URBANA — Hearings on the annexation of four subdivisions into the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District have been scheduled for early June.
The areas are Sawgrass and Boulder Ridge subdivisions in northwest Champaign; Stone Creek in southeast Urbana; and Lake Park, an unincorporated subdivision between Champaign and Savoy along South First Street.
The first hearing will be held for the Sawgrass/Boulder Ridge annexation on Tuesday, June 10 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Tony Noel Center at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign.
The Stone Creek annexation hearing will be a day later on Wednesday, June 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2200 S. Philo Road, Urbana.
The third hearing will be for the Lake Park area on Thursday, June 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Savoy Recreation Center, 402 Graham Drive, Savoy.
The public hearings are required by law before the MTD board can vote to bring the areas into the transit district. 
MTD Managing Director Bill Volk said last month that letters would be sent to all property owners in the subdivisions.
“Although it’s not required by law, we’ll be sending letters to every property owner in the affected areas, with information about the public hearing, the location and a link to our website if they want to get information on it,” Volk said.
MTD policy requires the district to annex “all areas not taxed as farmland within the cities of Champaign, Urbana and Savoy. As these municipalities extend their jurisdictional boundaries, MTD will follow suit with subsequent annexations.”
Last year the MTD annexed the Prairie Meadows subdivision in Savoy, with about 65 homes, into the district. 
More information on the proposed annexations is available at the MTD website at:

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whatithink wrote on April 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Why would anyone bother to attend these "meetings"?  MTD does what they want and these homeowners will have no say on the matter.  MTD will go where they want and tax people, then turn around and charge to use the serice while the students(U of I only)ride for free and pay no taxes. 

rsp wrote on April 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm

The students pay for their passes as part of their tuition and if they are paying rent part of that is going to property taxes. UI students also pay a lot of sales taxes in the area too. And those buses keep a lot of cars off the streets which cuts down on traffic and parking.

whatithink wrote on April 30, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Students might pay sales tax on booze and food, but that is probably about it.

The busses think they own the road, stop wherever they want and block traffic because people are too lazy to walk to the bus stops, and they destroy the roads.

juandez wrote on May 03, 2014 at 11:05 pm

The only place I've ever seen people talk about buses tearing up roads is the news-gazette. It seems to be a line constantly recycled by people who oppose public transit for other reasons. 

People in other cities never have this complaint about buses in those respective cities.

Think about how much an increase in cars would tear up roads. Why are buses any more of an issue than any other vehicle?

Public transit is a good thing, and drives up property values. It's amazingly convenient to be able to hop on a bus and get to your destination. 

It's really unfortunate select people in CU have chosen to campaign nonstop against the bus system, when the bus system is one of the things that makes CU such a great place to live.

787 wrote on April 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm

These "hearings" are a sham.  I'm not sure why the MTD even bothers to hold one.

The get everything they want, grab the money, and go out any buy some of the most fancy busses that (the property tax payers) money can buy.  Then they tear up the streets and roads, with no responsibility for that.

Too bad that the people who set up the MTD didn't allow for a proper method of oversight and control, that might have curbed the money hungry leviathan that we have today.

Ralph wrote on April 30, 2014 at 5:04 pm

The great majority of students pay property taxes by renting apartments.  Only about 10,000 of the 43,000 students live in University housing exempt from property taxes.  International students who make up about 20% of the student body buy lots more than just booze and food to outfit their apartments.  Students are the reason we have a good economy and MTD makes it easy for them to get around without having a great deal of autos contesting the streets. If students drove there would be a great deal of delay--much more than being stopped behind a bus.

C-U Townie wrote on May 02, 2014 at 3:05 pm


I have to wonder if you're saying this from the perspective of someone who owns a car and never has the need to use public transportation. If you want your city's economy to grow you need to be willing to accommodate anyone. This includes individuals who are in wheelchairs and do not own vehicles that accommodate their needs. 

You talk about limited contribution from students, but consider this. The expansion of MTD service may allow individuals in these subdivisions who do not own vehicles to have better access to other areas of the city FOR employment. 

When you limit access to resources you also limit citizens' abilities to contribute to the city. Look beyond your point of reference for need (and and how this will impact you aka tear up your roads) and how this might impact the entire city.