Thursday, February 4, 2010
Call To Action: Maryville TIF Red Tape Begins
An eagle-eyed reader tells us that the City Council's Finance Committee is meeting at 10am on Monday, February 8th, in the City Council chambers. It's very probable that the Wilson Yard amendment will be under consideration at this meeting, although the agenda has not been released yet. The ordinance has been written so that amending it to remove the Maryville parcels (which is what Amendment No. 2 is all about) is a technical change that doesn't require any individual public meetings before passage. (Great way to get around the Open Meetings Act, isn't it?)
This meeting is very possibly the only public shot people can take at this first step towards a Maryville TIF. If you can skip work to attend -- great! If not, please contact Ald. Shiller and other members of the Finance Committee and let your feelings be known. To contact them, click on this link and scroll down to Finance Committee. Links are there to email them.
One argument you can make is that makes sense for a full plan for the parcel to be in place, before cutting properties out of one TIF to create another TIF to help finance it. Isn't it our right, as citizens and financiers, to know where this development is heading before it's allowed to be funded? Our source says the other aldermen may cite Shiller's prerogative to run her ward how she wants, but it may give some of them something to think about if she does decide to run for re-election and asks for their endorsement.