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The City of Silvis

Population just under 7300 with 10 TIF's
Approx 1 TIF for every 730 citizens

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:
If a local newspaper chooses (or endorses) one candidate over another, that in itself is basically wrong as it pertains to good journalism. It destroys the very foundation of trust and journalistic integrity!

A HONEST REPORTING AGENCY (or person) WOULD NEVER TAKE AWAY YOUR ABILITY TO MAKE THAT DESICION YOURSELF, AND IF THEY DO, YOU SHOULD BE OFFENDED THAT HAVE SUCH DISRESPECT FOR YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL.

 

 

Why Run for Alderman?. . .

I've been a member of this community for most of my life, and I've watched the decline of people and the rise of poorly developed economics and favoritism.  Silvis is currently under a siege of money only and leaving out most of its people.  The current group of leaders has opted to go with the easy choice of TIF and have zero vision or creativity when it comes to economic development and community.  I see excessive waste in spending, like building a brand new Fire Station without expansion for a Police station; then building a Police Station that goes approximately 30% over budget ($1 Million) without any thought of our downtown.

I see one of the highest TIF'd (Tax Increment Financing) cities, per capita, in the state of Illinois; we currently have 10 in a city of 7,000.  TIF is basically welfare for the rich and most often leaves the little guy with nothing.  I see commercial development without concern for the citizens – like no additional parks or community developments (as outlined in state TIF laws).  I see lifelong businessmen leaving and a select limited amount of new developers, and way too many brand new facilities left partially empty.  I also see the City’s future becoming so landlocked in TIF's that our children will have no options to honestly build a home or a business in the future.  The only businesses developing in Silvis are ones seeking financial handouts; otherwise, they go elsewhere.

This welfare for the rich has left a massive gap in our tax revenues for the county, which, as many know, is once again forced to raise our property taxes to recoup that deficit.  The county can no longer keep assessing the values, so they raise the multipliers.  That is directly due to excessive TIF's depriving them of their finances for up to 23 years in Illinois.  As outlined in MUNICIPALITIES (65 ILCS 5/) Illinois Municipal Code 65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 74.4.

We need aldermen to ask smart questions and hold one another accountable, not be each other’s YES person to every new whim that comes to the mind of a select few.  Aldermen serve every individual in this city, and I feel we've lost that.  PEOPLE need to be the First Priority, not the last!
We need to get a handle on what's happening now, before it's too late!

For an overview of TIF, click here.  If you look carefully, you'll see our City officials are mis-using the TIF's, most of the Avenue of the Cities TIF's (TIF's 4, 5, & 8) are in "PREMIUM" real-estate and NOT in a state of decline at all.  To view the latest Silvis (outdated) TIF map, click here.




I fear we're losing the community.  Silvis is becoming more and more about favoritism for a select few, while ignoring a majority of our longtime citizens.

 

Ignoring a problem only strengthens its ongoing course!

 

 

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