Walkin' On TIF Sunshine
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Feb 14, 2009 6:20PM
Ald. Flores (left) and Ald. Waguespack (right)
According to the Reader's Mike Dumke:
To access TIF records currently, Waguespack said, aldermen, affected businesses, and other members of the public have to dig through hundreds of pages of council journals or send in Freedom of Information requests. He argued that there's no excuse for making the information more accessible. “The technology clearly exists,” he said. “This shouldn’t be an issue.”
Flores, 37, is the city’s youngest alderman, and sits on the City Council Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development. He says the increased transparency could save the city from another Republic Windows and Doors fiasco - the city lost $9.5 million in TIF benefits when the company abandoned the city in December - while bringing the city closer to a digitized future.
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