Category: TIF

Talkin’ Taxes

Posted June 7th, 2010 @ 7:40 AM by

3 Polish guys named Dave (hey, the Mayor said it, not me) and the tiff between the City and County on quarterly tax payments for the City of Madison and the E word. Talking to Lucy Mathiak about the Schools and the Edgewater TIF.

Board of Estimates (Preview of Issues to Come) Recap

Posted December 2nd, 2009 @ 1:09 PM by

Mark Clear violates ethics ordinance?, TIF falling out of favor with Madison School District and County (could future TIF districts and expansions . . . ahem, Edgewater . . . be in jeopardy?), the city budget shortfall (are newspapers partially responsible?) and towing . . . Thuy failed to show on Meadowood if folks are […]

End of the Week Round Up

Posted August 21st, 2009 @ 1:23 PM by

Now taking suggestions for a better title for these random comments on the things going on in Madison. Today, the post includes Soglin/Skidmore got it wrong, neighborhood meeting on the Edgewater needs a professional facilitator, firefighters agree to no pay increases, radioactive smoke detectors in our landfill, study shows we shouldn’t be playing poker with […]

Board of Estimates – Council preview of a few issues

Posted May 12th, 2009 @ 12:06 PM by

Often, what happens at Board of Estimates is considered to be a preview of what will happen at the Common Council . . . if the Mayor’s appointments represent a cross section of the council (plastic bag ban, TIF agreement on Capital West, stimulus money, personnel issues and paid sick leave for city staff). STARTThe […]

$1.8M Leap of Faith?

Posted February 17th, 2009 @ 12:36 PM by

At the nearly 5 hour Board of Estimates meeting last night, there were many items of interest, stimulus package update, alternate side parking during the winter and then this little gem. Ok – I can’t link to anything, as there is no information available. Which, about sums it up. The idea is either 3 years […]

TIF for . . . whatever you want, no strings attached.

Posted December 4th, 2008 @ 2:47 PM by

Sometimes, I miss Zach Brandon. Last night, the Economic Development Commission recommended that we gut the TIF policy. In particular, they voted to eliminate any guarantee that the people who get TIF money actually create the jobs they say they are going to create. Former Alder Zach Brandon fought hard to make “job creation” a […]

TIF Policy – What’s Next?

Posted August 19th, 2008 @ 12:15 PM by

The committee finally finished its report! Only a year late! The report is done and now it goes off to the Board of Estimates and hopefully it doesn’t get stuck waiting for the Mayor to put it on the agenda. Some of the major changes that you can look for include changes to the goals […]

James Madison Park Committee (& TIF Committee)

Posted May 6th, 2008 @ 12:10 PM by

It’s going to meet, really, truly. You won’t be able to hold your breath until it happens, but here’s the latest, after a year and half . . . The details for the organizational meeting of the James Madison Park Property Planning Committee are below: Date: May 29, 2008Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PMLocation: MMB Room […]

The problem with TIF policy

Posted April 15th, 2008 @ 11:03 AM by

Some things, require no explanation . . . *******************April 16, 2007 – Cancelled *******************May 14, 2007 – Cancelled *******************Meeting held June 4– Absent Sanborn, Konkel *******************June 18 – No quorum *******************Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 8:42:29 AMSubject: CANCELLED – TIF Policy Com mtg (July 2) As we will not have a quorum for the July […]

How much TIF for "business" is enough?

Posted April 16th, 2007 @ 12:13 PM by

Budgeting for and actual spending for TIF, and particularly for the business community as opposed for City projects, has increased dramatically in the last few years; however, you’d never know it from listening to some members of the business community. Here’s some of the numbers for the geeks among us. BUDGETING (These numbers are a […]

An agenda for the City

Posted January 19th, 2007 @ 1:15 PM by

This spring’s elections need to be about more than water, trolleys and taxes. Yes, our water needs to be safe to drink. What candidate isn’t going to say that? Yes, we need to keep our taxes in line. What candidate isn’t going to say that? And trolleys, well, there’s so little support, or need, for […]