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Letters to the Editor

Letter: New TIF district a bad idea

To the Editor:

The idea of having a new TIF in the downtown area has problems. First, the downtown already is in the enterprise zone. If a TIF is placed on an area that already has the enterprise zone, then the TIF is used – not the enterprise zone. See the letter to the editor titled, “An education on TIF funding and an alternative” that was published in the Feb. 10 edition of the Daily Chronicle.

Second, TIF districts are to get rid of blight and improve portions of the town. The reason that there is interest in a new TIF is to get a new City Hall. Does that sound like fixing blight?

Third, by putting a TIF in so that a new City Hall can be built, you are denying the citizens the ability and the opportunity to vote on whether they want a new City Hall.

Fourth, is a new City Hall the thing that is most needed in DeKalb? I suggest that fixing our roads, crumbling bridges and fixing the pipes, making sure we have lead-free water.

Fifth, not allowing a vote is not the democratic way. We vote for a council and a mayor to represent the needs of the citizens first.

They don’t want our opinion. They don’t want a vote. They don’t want our vote. #NoNewTIF #NoCityHall

Michael Haji-Sheikh

DeKalb

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