City seeks public feedback on TIF recommendations by Sept. 5

Online Staff Report

The City of Rockford Planning and Development Committee is encouraging the public to provide feedback on the recently released recommendations of the Ad Hoc TIF Committee.

Rockford City Council established the Ad Hoc TIF Committee to review the existing TIFs, best practices, and formulate a recommendation to Rockford City Council. The committee consists of John Holmstrom, Michelle Petrie, Bill Whitcher, Karen Walsh, John Phelps and Mike Fumo.

The Ad Hoc TIF Committee, through a number of meetings, has completed their review of the existing TIFs, past development agreements and best practices from other communities. As a result of their efforts, they have prepared a TIF Policy Statement and Guideline Scoring System for review by Rockford City Council.

The documents may be obtained from the Community and Economic Development Department web page (, at the Community and Economic Development Department, or by contacting the Community and Economic Development Department office at (815) 987-5600. Comments on the draft Policy Statement and Guideline Point System may be forwarded to the Community and Economic Development Department, 425 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61104, through Sept. 5.

Posted Sept. 3, 2014

One thought on “City seeks public feedback on TIF recommendations by Sept. 5

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    I encourage readers to read this article on why TIFs do not generally work:

    An analysis of Illinois TIF districts (mentioned in the link above) found that creating commercial TIF districts hurt the other commercial businesses in the region. Yet the primary target for TIF districts in the ad hoc report is manufacturing and commercial properties.

    Also TIF districts are supposed to be used sparingly and only for blighted areas. However the ad hoc report (and the city and county) throw the title of blighted on all sorts of properties. Many of the properties are simply vacant because we’ve encouraged the owners to move to new development in the region. Our pattern of growth in the city and county encourages growth at the edges of development without adequate planning for reusing vacant properties. Again, the targeted TIF areas are not blighted, simply victims of poor planning.

    More to come…

    Paul Gorski

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