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Huntley approves TIF financing, allows  downtown redevelopment to proceed

Updated: February 15, 2013 6:13AM

HUNTLEY — The village board has voted to approve ordinances for a downtown financing district, allowing the village to accept the redevelopment plan, identify the project area and adopt the tax increment allocation for the district.

The Tax Increment Financing District covers the downtown business district and areas along Route 47. The TIF allows the village to use increased taxes from a district to pay for physical improvements inside that district. The length of time the tax base will be frozen is 23 years, according to statutes.

Two men spoke out before the board’s vote at its meeting Thursday — former Village Trustee Jay Kadakia and local resident Mack Titus. Kadakia’s statements were neutral regarding the TIF, but Titus cited quotes from articles he read cautioning against the TIF and closed his comments with a warning.

“Vote no on the TIF ... and be remembered as a good board. Vote yes and long be remembered as the pain-in-the-butt board,” Titus said.

Village Manager Dave Johnson said the village complied with the required public hearing for the TIF in which two residents made comments. He said 500 residents received notices informing them of the hearing on Dec. 6, 2012.

The board unanimously approved the TIF ordinances.

Healthy workers

In other business, the village received a wellness award from its insurance provider, United Healthcare, for participating in a wellness program. Finance Director Jennifer Choback commended the work of staff member Jan Stevens for submitting the application to the provider and for administering challenges to village employees that merited the award. She said 60 percent of the employees participated.

Stevens said the workers participated in a benefits fair, took a physical fitness test and took part in a weight loss challenge.

Diane Voytez, United’s director of small group markets in Chicago, presented the board with a check for $500 to be used in support of health initiatives in 2013, plus a gift bag for every village employee and a plaque of recognition.

“I wanted to say ‘thank you’ for being a true partner in health care,” Voytez said. “The village of Huntley was the only winner in Illinois.”

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