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 Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.