- Architectural Digest names Cape Missouri's prettiest city (7/19/18)1
- Meat cutter's obit stokes interest, laughter (7/20/18)2
- Business Notebook: Millersville Pit Stop opening Friday; newly rebuilt convenience store to feature favorites (7/16/18)
- Farewell to a First Lady (7/17/18)4
- Cape drops charge against carGO (7/18/18)9
- Wiggans resigns; Bristow named interim superintendent at Meadow Heights (7/18/18)
- Support worker freedom by voting 'yes' on Prop A (7/14/18)
- Homecomers to bring vendors, rides, dunking booth to Uptown Jackson (7/19/18)
- Relentless flood swamped towns, turned roads into lakes 25 years ago this summer (7/16/18)
- Car packages: Local stores adding pickup services as part of nationwide trend (7/14/18)1
Taxpayers need opportunity to be heard on TIF plan
To the editor:
In response to the article "District, developers closer on TIF accord": After reading recent editorials, I feel input from a taxpayer is necessary. There has not been a Tax Increment Financing Commission meeting for a long time. I do not think the commission can OK a project without a open hearing for the taxpayers.
There were many questions at the last meeting of the TIF commission. So far I have not seen or heard any answers.
For the paper I quote, "Prestwick has offered pay up to $8 million for a new elementary school if the development produces enough students to warrant a new school in the area." There is that "if" again. This project is based on "if." If Prestwick is so sure, let them put up a $30 million performance bond. If they fail to do the project in the time frame or go under, the city and school board would share in the funds.
The way around this whole mess is to go by the guidelines that Mark Bowles, school superintendent, suggested in November. If this TIF plan is passed, there will be a number of builders to get on the bandwagon and used the taxpayers' taxes as a way increase their profit. Taxpayers need to express their concerns. Apathy will raise our taxes.
JOHN R. HECKROTTE