From Rural Woodstock resident Susan Handelsman:
The final Woodstock City Council Meeting hearing on TIF 2 is tonight, Tuesday, 12-4-18 at 7 pm, Woodstock City Hall.
The passage of TIF 2 is largely considered a ‘done deal,’ but it is important to get factual data on record so that City Council members voting ‘Yes’ will have no plausible deniability.
2018 Woodstock TIF 2 City Council Appeal 11-20-18
2018 Woodstock TIF 2 Mayor and City Council Entrenched in TIF 2 Support
Woodstock City Council meeting 11-20-18: I read a statement. 2 Main points:
Joint Review Board had 2 objections to TIF
- Woodstock D200 and
- McHenry County College
MCC wrote an elegant resolution which included the following language:
“WHEREAS, the diversion of tax dollars to the City that would otherwise come to the College and District 200 has real consequences on these institutions and on the students who attend them, and will only exacerbate the financial strain under which District 200 is currently operating;
and WHEREAS, the City previously created and implemented a TIF district, and the resulting benefits to the community were negligible;
and WHEREAS, the College finds that TIF districts are generally a hidden tax hike in that they make available tax giveaways to business by taking money from schools, colleges and other taxing districts in a way that is not transparent; and as a result, just to balance the books to make up for the money lost, other taxing districts must raise tax rates or eliminate services, thereby hurting those not receiving subsidies from the City; and…”
Point 2, the Joint Review Board had a ‘taxpayer representative’ who was appointed by Woodstock City, who didn’t represent taxpayers.
She refused requests for meetings, and declined to present evidence to support her “Yes” vote for TIF in opposition of the Resolution of MCC where she works as a teacher.
The Mayor expressed offense at my implication that the Woodstock appointee ‘taxpayer representative’ was told how to vote.
I expressed offense at the characterization of this woman as a ‘taxpayer representative’.
Mayor-in-waiting Turner expressed disagreement with the phrase “…the resulting benefits to the community were negligible…”, indicating his belief that Die Cast site clean-up would not have happened without TIF.
I disputed his belief, stating that bonds backed by the taxpayers of Woodstock paid for that project, and that the land was cleaned up and given away to a developer without any clawback terms for Woodstock taxpayers, and that the cost paid by taxpayers far outweighed the result.
Woodstock Mayor and Council and Economic Development Staff are silent on Woodstock 4% property tax rates’ effect on growth potential and local property values.
They are silent on schools’ objections to the TIF.
They are firm in their beliefs, opinions, and desires.
They decline to bring numbers or evidence to support their beliefs, opinions and desires.
They WILL make TIF 2 happen, absent intervention.
I would like the Mayor and Woodstock Economic Development employees to hold a public discussion–Q-and-A–of facts, numbers, data, and historical evidence about TIF2 and their first TIF endeavor.
I would pay for this, join the discussion panel (because I have spent much time researching this), as I hope would an objective fact-checker or two.
And I’ll supply hors d’oeuvres for the occasion.
MCC rooms are available.