A pretty long time ago I saw workers replacing brick crosswalks along the Virginia Street Tax Increment Financing District with asphalt.
How does one know where the TIF Districts starts and stops?
Just look for the pillars.
Two on one end in front of 5th Third Bank and Pizza Hut.
Two on the other end near the Crystal Lake Motel and Kwik Kopy.
Cost of $16,000 each.
Some seems to have been done at night, probably to inconvenience local drivers the least.
Night work prohibited local taxpayers from seeing the admission of a design mistake.
I guess I should say “another design mistake,” because all of the decorative lights had to be exchanged for ones that would not fall down.
In any event, I asked the City of Crystal Lake how much it cost to replace the bricks with asphalt.
Here’s the answer:
Long-time readers know that I am not a fan of TIF Districts.
The reasons include their causing taxes of everyone outside of the TIF District to increase and the fact that hardly anyone can figure that out.
The second reason is that it provides a slush fund for municipal officials.
How many signs have been purchased for the failed restaurants across from 1776, for example?