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    April 26, 2014



    Remember the "bridge to nowhere" in Alaska years ago? Now, Collinsville has the "wall to nowhere". Wasted spending approved by the City Council.


    I believe it was TIF money to the tune of nearly $500,000 to landscape three pieces of property that were probably purchased by IDOT but turned over to the city. I remember the day when the only expenditures to Collinsville City parks were donations by the Jaycees, Rotary, Lions Club and other charities to help build pavilions, playgrounds, ball fields, etc.. The bad thing now is that I have heard that CARD is not properly maintaining their parks due to funding issues, and the TIF funds are in a surplus position. I wish TIF could be used in Woodland Park. Maybe Listeman Park and Miner's Theatre will benefit from TIF surpluses.


    Frank, there is no truth to what you have heard about Card not maintaining the parks.
    You are correct that the City of Collinsville should declare some of the TIF surplus and give it to the other taxing districts.


    I have heard a lot of complaints about the condition of the parks compared to neighboring communities, like Troy. Just saying what I heard. Arlington Greens is in excellent condition.

    Paul Mann

    The "wall" was part of the streetscape program reviewed (several times) and approved by the City Council. The Council (particularly the conservative ones) cut funding on what WAS supposed to be at that location.

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