By: Diane Benjamin
At the May 9th Council meeting Alderman Buragas went into a long speech about the Hales review process, but then voted yes to his raise anyway. Her speech seemed out-of-place unless she was going to vote against the increase.
Last night she voted against the TIF feasibility study. I don’t know why unless she’s against a third TIF, but she claimed she isn’t. She wanted to wait a few months.
Alderman Lower also voted NO, but for different reasons – common sense. TIF’s can hurt Dist 87, Heartland, and all other taxing bodies for years. Their share of property taxes is frozen while the City gets a slush fund.
If the Council had paid attention to David Hales’ diatribe, they all would have voted NO. They are throwing away $14,000 for another study that is likely to say the area doesn’t qualify for a TIF. Another example of Hales being too late to the party – if they really wanted a TIF it should have been enacted when the property looked disgusting. When the clearing of debris is done the property will no longer qualify as blighted.
So, is Buragas trying to prove she isn’t a pawn? She’s still wrong on most issues, but at least she isn’t a Renner robot.
See Buragas’s comments at 1:04 and Hales at 1:12: