Friday, September 13, 2013
Friday, January 20, 2012
pjstar“…in 2010, $3.5 million in property tax revenues that would otherwise have gone to District 150 was redirected to City Hall for projects within the TIF districts.”
Does this sound like a City that cares about inner city children and the neighborhoods in which they live? Not to me.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Who was there
Bobby Gray, the City employee whose turn it is to sell a TIF, introduced Steve Combs from Springfield's Enos Park Neighborhood Association, which is currently working under the same type of TIF.
Maybe I missed her, but I didn't see local neighborhood activist Karrie Alms at the meeting. I always feel better when Mrs. Alms is in attendance, she is great at catching the nuances under which the city has been known to operate. Mrs. Alms, along with life long East Bluff resident Sarah Partridge, was instrumental in stopping the school in the Park concept. Mrs. Alms would have found it interesting to hear Mr. Combs describe how the TIF would assist home owners with historical properties. All you folks in the big old houses over on Madison, Glen Oak and surrounding areas sounds like you need to get your wish list together - looks like good things could potentially happen for the properties you own.
One of the issues that concerned me was the talk of establishing a property acquisition/demolition program, through which properties would be acquired in a land bank until they’re demolished or redeveloped. Who do you think will be charged with over seeing the land bank? I'm thinking it will be the beloved East Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services (which is run by people who don't live on the East Bluff). That... could be a problem. I bet Steve would agree.
About the Speaker - Steve Combs
Recently Mr. Combs has been involved in Springfield with organizing members of more than a dozen neighborhood associations that have formed Springfield's Inner City Older Neighborhood coalition. The group hopes to play a role in the 2011 city election, when the positions of mayor and all 10 aldermen are up for grabs. ICON members plan to develop a platform of issues, propose ordinances, and keep track of votes aldermen cast and the positions held by potential candidates.
Monday, August 23, 2010
In past years, District 150 provided the media with a full copy of the budget and held an informational meeting the Friday before the budget was presented to the BOE, with the caveat not to make it public before presentation to the BOE. This year, the media only received a skeletal outline of the budget. Do you think it has anything to do with trust?
Interim Comptroller-Treasurer, David Kinney has until the end of September to present the final budget to the BOE. Source
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The Peoria Public Schools Board of Education held a special meeting on Monday, August 16th to appoint an Interim District Comptroller/Treasurer. Board Members unanimously voted to name Dr. David Kinney to the post.
Kinney retired in June 2009 as Superintendent of Illinois Valley Central School District 321. During his 36-year tenure at IVC, he had extensive experience with school finance and curriculum planning; and was involved with several new building projects. He has both a Ph.D and Master's degree in Education Administration; and a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, which were all earned at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Dr. Lathan and the Board of Education appreciate the recommendation of Dr. Kinney by Dr. Gerald Brookhart at the Regional Office of Education. Source