- Guest Commentary: Earth Day or April Fools Day?
- State Roundup: Concerns raised about proposed change in DUI pot standard
- Bill would decrease pot penalties; small amounts would draw only ticket, fine
- Senate votes to restore human service cuts; bill moves to House for consideration
- Bill to restrict red light cameras passes House
- State Roundup: Budget fix in current FY not yet done
- State Roundup: GOMB Director won’t support borrowing
- Economists: pros, cons to raising the state fuel tax
- ‘Hogs fall just shy of Midwest title
- Fork and Stein Urban Gourmet delivers beer infused delicacies to Rockford
To the Editor: Downtown tax a public works program
The “plan” floated by County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen to tax downtown businesses and put that money back into the businesses is not a downtown revitalization plan, it is a public works program at best. It is also an unveiled attempt to increase property values to increase county revenue. What is missing from the plan is the answer to “why should I move downtown?” The assumption many are making is that if you improve the look and feel of the buildings, business will come downtown. Fixing up some buildings alone will not bring business back. With all the business opportunities on Riverside and East State, we need to create a reason for businesses to relocate downtown. Putting the SSA in place without a compelling reason for business to come back will doom the plan. What we need is a pool of truly innovative development ideas to draw from. Send your ideas to this paper. I’ll send in a particularly unique plan next week. Perhaps the publisher could post the overflow of ideas on his website. You just might hold the answer yourself. Send it in.
From the Aug. 11-17, 2010 issue