The Moline City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on establishing two tax-increment-finance districts and hear a first reading on the creation of a third.
The proposed TIFs up for vote are SouthPark Mall, which encompasses most of the mall property, and 42 acres at U.S. 6 and U.S. 150, including a vacant Moline School District elementary building.
In a TIF, the assessed land value is frozen when the district is established. New revenue created by development in the district goes into a TIF fund and is used to make improvements within the district or to give rebates to developers.
The other taxing bodies -- such as the schools or county -- do not receive any of the new tax revenue until the TIF expires. TIFs can last 23 years and be extended for 12 additional years.
For more than a year, the city and other local officials have encouraged redevelopment of SouthPark Mall.The city has said Miller Leasing, one land owner in the proposed U.S. 6 TIF, plans commercial/retail development.
According to council documents, if the TIFs are approved, the city would enter into performance-based development agreements with developers.
The city council also will hear a first reading for a proposed TIF on 41st Street, for Phase I of a medical campus to be built by Genesis Medical Center.The proposed TIF previously was voted down at committee of the whole but was brought back two weeks ago for reconsideration.
Also on Tuesday night, the city council will vote on a proposed $14.6 million tax levy -- the same as this year -- to be collected in 2013.
A work session on the north slope wastewater treatment plant improvement projects will be held during the committee-of-the-whole meeting. It will be followed by city administrator Lew Steinbrecher's progress update on council goals.
The committee-of-the-whole meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of city hall, 619 16th St. The city council meeting immediately follows committee of the whole. Agendas are available at city hall or moline.il.us.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.