Fairview Heights aldermen on Tuesday evening read for the first time six ordinances that, once passed, would formally create two new tax increment financing districts in the city.
A final vote will come during the council’s next regular meeting, set for 7 p.m. July 19 at City Hall.
Aldermen could have waived the first reading requirement and passed the ordinances Tuesday, but city economic development director Mike Malloy said schedules the city circulated regarding the creation of the districts indicated final approval would occur July 19, not on Tuesday.
“We’re sticking to the schedule,” he said.
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One of the districts is made up of part of a shopping center that straddles Ludwig Drive north of I-64 and west of Illinois 159. The other is made up of 81 acres of vacant land across railroad tracks to the north of the Ludwig Drive district.
There are 54,666 square feet of vacant retail space in the Ludwig Drive TIF, 40,588 square feet of which belonged to Sports Authority, which anchored the center. Sports Authority left that space in 2014 and currently occupies a new building at 6575 N. Illinois St.
Aldermen unanimously approved two resolutions allowing the city to use intergovernmental agreement templates upon creation of the TIF districts. The agreements stipulate how revenue generated in the districts would be shared among the city and the taxing bodies serving the respective TIF districts.
In other business, Mayor Mark Kupsky recognized the police department for its robust DUI enforcement.
Kupsky said that according to data compiled for 2015, Fairview officers made 231 DUI arrests in the city, the most for any department south of Springfield. The 5.25 DUI arrests on average per Fairview officer was second only to the police department in Carol Stream, a Chicago suburb.