PORT BYRON -- Members of the village board voted to approve a tax-increment-financing agreement Monday night with First Trust and Savings Bank.
The village currently generates $2,200 in taxes from the TIF district. The agreement will result in $34,000 additional income in taxes from the TIF district once construction is complete on the $1.5 million project. Port Byron will receive $18,000, with about $18,000 going to the bank in rebates.
The village will receive a partial TIF payment in 2013 with the first full TIF payment in 2014, said Mayor Bob Wilson.
Mark J. Hanson, president and CEO of First Trust and Savings, said he intends to have six to eight full-time employees. The bank owns the nearly three-acre lot and plans to allow other retailers to build in the near future.
"I hope to be a good neighbor," said Mr. Hanson. "I think there's opportunity here. We want to be able to grow in this area."
Construction of the bank began in mid-September, with completion expected in May 2013, said Mr. Hanson.
In other news, trustee Bruce Peterson said he would like to see Port Byron hold nonpartisan elections in the future, referring to caucus nominations last week. He asked the board to consider placing the issue on the April 9 ballot.
"I just think we would attract more candidates who have interest in being on the village board, and they would be more comfortable," said Mr. Peterson. "I don't really see any merits here on a local level, and cities like Moline and Rock Island are nonpartisan."
Mayoral nominee Lawrence Bay opposed the idea, saying candidates win based on what they have to offer rather than party affiliation.
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.