Thursday, July 21, 2016

What's up with the East Bluff Special Taxing District?

The East Bluff Health & Safety Loan (H&S Loan) is designed for East Bluff homeowners in need of financial help in bringing their properties up to health and safety standards. The Health and Safety Loan is made possible by Special Service District (SSD) funds and EBNHS funds. 

In a letter to the City of Peoria, dated May 26, 2016, the East Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services (EBNHS) disclosed that it failed to meet the Health and Safety Loan Program match of $10,109.80 for 2015. Additionally, they have admitted that another $29,447.37 was diverted from the Health and Safety Loan Program.

EBNHS has not disclosed exactly what the diverted tax monies were used for.

EBNHS submitted a plan to pay back the monies to the Health and Safety Loan Program, which included raising rents, and an immediate repayment of $10,000, made possible by a donation. 

A check of the minutes for the EBNHS show no discussion of any deficit in or diversion of the Health and Safety Loan Program monies; nor is there any mention of receiving the donation; or any mention of the decision to divert the donation. Below is a draft of the minutes for the May 19, 2016 EBNHS Board meeting. The draft no longer appears on the EBNHS website:

Why do the homeowners within the East Bluff Neighborhood Special Taxing District continue to settle for this taxation without representation? When will the special taxing district end?

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