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At the Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, pre-city council meeting press conference, Rudy Espiritu announced that the Target Corporation’s property tax abatement will be rescinded due to the company not maintaining 500 jobs at its Park 88 logistics facility.
Was the million dollars used as a retainer for the architect? This was one of the problems that I saw while sitting on the citizens committee for the new police station.
Many of the main decisions were already made prior to our meeting. It was like we were being escorted down a narrow hallway in making decisions based on what the chief wanted, what the property could handle and what the architect perceived as proper space and square footage for the departments need.
Like I have said many times. I can show you a 4,000 square foot home that you would have trouble placing a truckload of furniture in and then I can take you to another 4,000 square foot home that a truckload of furniture wouldn't be enough for. Architects can truly make you or break you.
Grace in regards to the 50 k cut from the social service budget. At the beginning of this fiscal year the council decided to cut funding social services by 25% for 4 years and then ending any funding. I suggest what is good for the citizens of DeKalb should also be good for the employees of DeKalb. Soooooo! Phase out the subsidy for city paid health insurance for the retirees over 4 years. Cut it 25% for 4 years and get to zero funding at the same time you zero fund social services. What is good for the citizens should also be the rule for the employees.
So the $1 million was for…what exactly?
Wow, Lynn, thanks for posting that report! According to the Target training grant submission, the $175,000 investment in training will result in average wages for Warehouse jobs CUT from $14/hour down to $11.15/hour and Office jobs reduced from $14.50/hour to under $9.20/hour! Sounds like a GREAT PROGRAM (for Target!). If my memory serves correct, Target is also failing to meet the wage profiles it promised as part of the incentives package when it promised DeKalb $14 to $17 an hour LIVING WAGES.
The way I understand it Lynn, and I could be wrong.. they haven't yet had the architects drawings done, and that's why they want to extend the anticipation bonds another year… to give them time to do so.
And you notice that they found somewhere to spend the $50,000 they cut from Social Services… LOGO replacement!!! I KNEW that free logo would come back to haunt us! Unforgivable in my book!! Give it back to the Social Services!!
If we paid an architect $1 million for police station plans, where are the drawings?
The report is here: http://www.ilcorpacct.com/corpacct/output/2008/20…
To look up another company, go here: http://www.ilcorpacct.com/corpacct/ProgressReport…
This begs the question: How many other businesses/industries, that receive tax abatements from the City Of Dekalb, are not meeting their obligations ? This needs to be looked into as well.
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