Uptown TIF: Facts

By:  Diane Benjamin

This is the Uptown TIF report Normal filed with the Illinois Comptroller’s office:  19TIF06409531Downtown_volpment_1

The TIF was started in 2003 – most of it lasts for 23 years.  Part was recently extended 12 years because building isn’t finished yet.  The original TIF expires May 3, 2026.

See PDF page 3:

perform tif

The Town would rather show you how much private investment has taken place, they want to ignore what it cost taxpayers to get that private investment.  The Uptown debt is still around $80 million, since the inception the TIF has only generated $15 million.  Most of the TIF will only last  another 7 years.  Guess how that debt will be paid when the TIF expires and property taxes go back to normal distribution?

What did Normal pay with the TIF money generated:

mcp 2019

See this story for details:  https://blnnews.com/2018/01/24/they-paid-it-twice/

princ 2019

int 2019

Note:  Two of the five bond payments are interest only

liue 2019

dev 2019

The increase is Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV) is impressive:

eav 2019

The $27 million EAV increase cost taxpayers far more than that.  It will continue to cost taxpayers for MANY years.  Private investment would be impressive if Normal hadn’t paid developers and given away land to coerce developers.  Keep in mind the 1 Uptown Circle main floor is still empty and the Town is paying over market value to rent the entire 2nd floor.


Every wonder why government debt is not a problem, even if only interest is being paid?  If your kid did this you would call them irresponsible.  Government can tap your wallet, the decades of interest expense is immaterial.  It’s monopoly money.   Have they hired the Propaganda Manager yet?  The spin should be fun.

Normal has 4 other TIF’s.

Reports on those eventually.

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6 thoughts on “Uptown TIF: Facts

  1. I have no respect for any of the so called leaders of Normal. From the mayor on down, what’s their objective here? Bankruptcy, taxes higher than any other state in the country, residents leaving the state? Seriously, what’s their supposed end game? Because at this rate, it’s not prosperity. It looks to me like they’re trying to collapse the system.

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  2. I think they are not concerned about the final cost as they will be gone enjoying their retirement while the next generations pay the bill. Typical thinking for illinois.

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  3. They want their name etched in buildings and structures. If you look at the structures the council was involved in building there are plaques with their names on it. It is about bragging about how many things they can have their names on. It is not about what is good for the people paying for it.

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