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 Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.