Here's some news from our friends in Charlotte:
This morning I'll be down at City Hall to see if, as expected, the full Council passes the Sunshine TIF ordinance (see final version here, PDF). Will be interesting to see if the Mayor has any comment and/or if he'll be on the dais when/ if it passes.
Then tonight on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, from 6 - 8PM, I'll be participating in a discussion at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, with ordinance co-sponsor Alderman Scott Waguespack and journalist Ben Joravsky, who has led the way in reporting on Tax Increment Financing in Chicago. More info below, courtesy of Progress Illinois. Join us!
On Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack will host a panel discussion on TIF awareness at the Hideout (1354 W Wabansia). Also participating will be Daniel O’Neil, co‐founder of Everyblock.com and Ben Joravsky from the Chicago Reader. In conjunction with a special encore of the Hideout’s Soup and Bread event, the Alderman and guests will shed some light on one of Chicago’s most mysterious programs, TIF, or Tax Increment Financing. Following the introduction of his landmark TIF Sunshine Ordinance with Alderman Flores of the 1st Ward last March, Alderman Waguespack hopes to continue raising awareness about TIFs and educating residents who may not realize how the program affects them.
TIFs remain one of Chicago’s most difficult programs to fully comprehend. Of specific concern is that renters and younger Chicagoans think they are unaffected by TIFs or immune to TIFs effect on their neighborhood.
Alderman Waguespack, Daniel O’Neil, and Ben Joravsky will participate in a moderated debate on TIFs followed by a brief audience Q&A period. Admission is free but donations are accepted for a “Soup and Bread” dinner, with all proceeds benefitting the Chicago Food Depository.
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