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To serve as a forum for intergovernmental cooperation and delivery
of regional programs and to assist member local governments in planning and project
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The Bi-State Regional Commission is:
A local, voluntary organization of five counties and 44 municipalities.
The Bi-State Regional Commission is Not:
Another layer or higher authority of government; nor is Bi-State
created, controlled or maintained by the federal or state governments.
The Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission was created in
1966 through the merger of the Scott County (IA) Metropolitan Planning Commission
and the Rock Island County (IL) Regional Planning Commission. This merger took
place, in part, in response to the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1962 which required
transportation planning in metropolitan areas to be done cooperatively. In 1974,
the Henry County (IL) Regional Planning Commission merged with Bi-State, at the
urging of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Henry County's
status as part of the three county Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), as defined
by the Census Bureau. Then in 1976, Mercer County (IL) and Muscatine County (IA)
County Boards, city councils and village boards enter into an
agreement designating Bi-State as the regional planning commission by virtue of
the powers granted to them by Chapter 50, Act 15/0.01 et seq., Chapter 55, ILCS
5/5-14001 et seq., Illinois Compiled Statues, 1992; and Chapters 28E, 28H and
28I, Code of Iowa, 1993.
Local Governments Share the Cost:
Member counties and cities over 5,000 population pay dues prorated,
based on their total population ranging from $2,314 to $71,096. Smaller cities
and villages pay a flat rate of approximately $1,059. Total annual dues of approximately
$378,000 help bring in nearly $695,000 in federal and state funds which, with
contractual services, provide for a $1.9 million budget in FY 2011.