St. Clair County was locked in a land battle with property owners along the final, 2.5-mile swath. The county could only offer the appraised values. The owners wanted more.
Riding to the rescue was the Village of Shiloh by using $32,800 in tax increment financing money to seal the deals with the last of the property owners. Their action will finally get the earth moving and the concrete poured.
Shiloh stands to gain as the road extends another straight shot to the base and closes in on a second interchange to Interstate 64. Economic and residential development will follow, as it has elsewhere along Frank Scott Parkway.
Tax increment financing money is intended for infrastructure needs, so this seems to be the right use for that money. Putting those dollars to a public benefit is much preferable to enriching a few select businesses seeking an unfair advantage over a community’s loyal merchant base.