Friday, December 9, 2011

Update - Warning to folks who live in East Bluff this A.M.

It is 6:30 a.m. and if you happen to be looking at the blog before leaving your home - this is a warning that an armed robbery just occured and the person is currently loose in the areas of Wilcox, Wisconsin and  Atlantic. Be safe.

UPDATE @ 7:30 a.m. - It is believed the person may have left the area in a vehicle.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Of course, it's most certainly double taxation...

but it happened years ago when the special taxing district was first formed.

The folks in the Uplands get extra police protection through a special grant, but the folks in the East Bluff get police protection through double taxation? Just another example of those that have the least being forced to pay more. Why does my life in Peoria resemble being trapped in a pay day loan scheme?

Through all of the allegations about the East Bluff Neighborhood Housing Service for being shady, many of the allegations which have proven true, NOW City leaders don't think they are doing good business? Really?

Well, here's the thing about that... we're not currently getting anything for our tax dollars and the folks in the East Bluff are just the right amount of desperate and apathetic to go along with this new scheme.

East Bluff neighborhood group looks to future

The future of a 25-year-old organization that oversees property rehabilitation in the East Bluff is in flux after its board members and City Council members appear to be split on its future mission.
Following a spirited meeting Wednesday, 3rd District City Councilman Timothy Riggenbach and members of the East Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services board agreed to negotiate a program based on measurable results.
In the meantime, the approximately $65,000 in property taxes the group gets each year to pay for operational expenses will be held by a third-party escrow for up to six months, essentially meaning the neighborhood board's funding will be frozen for the first part of 2012.
"I can't support giving total disbursements back to the NHS"

The agreement will be voted on by the City Council on Dec. 13. Riggenbach and members of the neighborhood housing services board will meet in January. The discussion on Wednesday produced some fireworks between the two sides with the main disagreements focused on Riggenbach's plan to use the $65,000 on a one-year program to increase police patrols. "We need help," he said. "Ultimately, that is, in my opinion, the most pressing need we see in this area right now."
The Rev. Simon Holly, president of the neighborhood group, said the residents already pay for police services through their property tax money. The $65,000 comes from a special service-area tax levied on East Bluff residents, and costs 18 cents per $100 assessed value. "Seems to me, it's double taxation," he said.
Other board members called the proposal potentially illegal and offensive. Riggenbach said the proposal was only temporary and was needed because the neighborhood group has been unable to make loans, largely because of federal regulatory restrictions and not having an adequate funding source.

Holly and other members said they lacked city support to provide a funding source. Also, the group stressed that it had provided Riggenbach and city officials with documents showing how they plan to operate next year. Riggenbach, though, said the group's plan lacked measurable results. Holly fired back saying he was confused on what, exactly, the city wanted.

"I believe this organization is getting thrown under the bus. We've done everything you've asked."

East Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, which formed in 1986 to provide loans for rehabilitation projects, has faced difficulties in recent years in making those loans. The group currently oversees 17 loans, with more than 50 percent of them in arrears. The group also owns four properties.