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UPDATE: Western Publishing TIF District Dissolved

The village board will consider backing out of a development deal that involved the old Western Publishing building and return the TIF money to the overlying taxing districts.

UPDATE: The Village Board voted to dissolve the TIF at their meeting Tuesday night. Village administered Mark Janiuk said if there would have been money collected in the TIF, they would have had to return it to the taxing districts. However, there wasn't any increment created.

ORIGINAL STORY: The tax incremental finance district for the old Western Publishing building on Erie Street could be dissolved Tuesday night.

The village board is considering the move, which would likely send the tax revenue collected to pay for infrastructure improvements on the site, at 5945 Erie St., to the Village of Caledonia, Racine County, Racine Unified and Gateway. 

Board members talked about dissolving the TIF district at a village board meeting in December, but decided against it because the real estate agent told the board she had a potential buyer for the property.

A TIF district is a development tool municipalities can use to attract business. The way it works is that a financing district is created and a base value of that district is established by the taxing jurisdictions. The increased value of the property is still charged at the base rate, but the district uses the increased tax revenue to pay for the infrastructure projects.

This means those taxing entities— the village, county, RUSD and Gateway—receive the amount of tax revenue they did before the district was created, and during the 20-year life of the district, tax revenue on new development pays off the infrastructure costs.

The building was supposed to be knocked down and developed into high-end condominiums a few years ago, but the $14.1 million project never got off the ground and has sat vacant for years.

John Brodek, a Racine lawyer, owns the property.

Heather in Caledonia October 15, 2012 at 02:07 PM
How much TIF money will be distributed?
Scott F. October 17, 2012 at 09:41 PM
As a neighbor, I sure would like the owner/lawyer to spend a few dollars to maintain it in some reasonable condition. I hope his house doesn't look like this place! My vote: Have the city knock it down and charge the owner.
YAMATO October 18, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Its an eyesore! Village needs to issues refurbishing orders or it gets razed.
Mike Fischer October 18, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I totally agree, John. It's making the school grounds next door look like a dump. Let's get that thing razed!

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