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Proviso Probe

Thursday, May 04, 2006

GOV, Bellwood approves approves three TIFs [BW]

TIF is an abbreviation of "Tax Increment Financing".

On April 26, 2006 the Village of Bellwood pass three new TIF districts.

I don't have a strong handle on TIF, but effectively it diverts money from other taxing bodies (primarily schools because they consume 60-70% of property taxes) to municipal government for 23 years. Municipal government is supposed to use this money to upgrade the property in the TIF district. In the long-term TIFs are supposed to help all taxing bodies because they increase the value of the property allowing the government to collect more property tax revenue.

See West Proviso Herald (Chris Lafortune) for more information.

TIFs can be good or bad.

I have two concerns about the Bellwood TIF districts.

First, the plan on the table is more complicated than normal TIFs because the money is going to be used to build new schools. Bellwood approved the TIFs before explaining the plan to the full District 88 board. IMO the Village and District 88 should have agreed on the plan before the TIFs were approved. By approving the TIFs first the Village isn't giving District 88 much room to say, "no". The TIFs will cut into District 88's revenue stream making it even more difficult for the district to deal with its infrastructure issues, like replacing McKinley Elementary. See Proviso Probe.

Second, I have serious concerns about how much of Bellwood is being included in the three TIFs. It will cut into District 88's revenue forcing the school district to go to the voters for tax increases more frequently and it will shift the tax burden for District 88 from Bellwood to Stone Park.

McKinley needs to be replaced. District 88 probably can only borrow the money to replace one school. And it will be awhile before the voters can approve a bond. And it will be longer still before the District has the money.

And moving the schools may make sense. There are a bunch of reasons Bellwood's plan may be good. But I sure would have liked to see more discussion out in the open before the plan was approved.

19 Comments:

  • One of the arguments made for the legality of the Bellwood/D88 partnership is that Oak Park and D97 formed a similar partnership when Julian and Brooks middle schools were built.

    I was in Oak Park at the time and I opposed the referendum. I don't remember the VOP and D97 publicly admitting to comingling funds.

    The obvious reason comingling funds is suspect is that schools are subject to tax caps and home rule municipalities aren't.

    If municipal government can subsidize schools it means that tax caps can't do their job.

    Now, one can debate the wisdom of tax caps. However, they are, y'know, technically the law.

    I suspect this is one of the issue Marilyn Thurman is concerned about. The West Proviso Herald article.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 3:17 PM, May 04, 2006  

  • Bruno strikes again. this has his prints all over it. Watch out for a hugh consulting contact to his company!

    By Anonymous Bellwoodian, at 9:13 PM, May 04, 2006  

  • I believe that Welch is being shown the doore for his continued intrengency and problem causing behavior. Bellwood has no respect for the 88 board, since there useless and stupid.Bellwood is also showing what they think of Stone Park,not much, and of Welch even more,which is there's money to be made and Welch will not be able to play with it,because Bellwood is in the process of knocking Welch out of the game forever.
    I also agree that Bruno's hands are all over this, and in the long run, Bellwood's property value won't go up it will go down,causing the taxpayers of Bellwood to have to pay for today's get rich quick schemes by the White masters,since this may be the last bonanza for them!

    By Anonymous where's the feds when you need them, at 9:38 PM, May 04, 2006  

  • Pasquelli and McCambell are the only ones left who are throwing Bruno any work. Bruno's gonna pay them back by laundering TIF money into campaign cash.

    These TIFs are also going to keep help pay the little mobster's legal bills when the feds indict. Thanks Bellwood taxpayers!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:30 AM, May 05, 2006  

  • This sound like Frank "I am going to get rich before I leave this Negro community dry" Pascale, is at it again. He had the homes built between two alleys in order to get cash. As park commissioner he sold the land to the village.Who is over the village. He is. In other words he sold the land to himself. What kind of deal did he make to himself? Then, he turned around and sold the land to developers. What kind of deal he got from the developer. I hear that those new homes he built got their own build in swimming pool in the basement.I hear that those new homes, which will eventually become public housing in the future, holds alot of water. If it rains or thinks about raining, those basements in the new home flood. Thank you Mayor, for the rush job. And now, old Frankie boy is trying to drain the already depleted funds of D88. Wow, does the D88 board see what this crook is doing. Nope!It is time to get the hell out of Bellwood. Because the leadership, is going to cause alot of people to loose their homes.

    By Anonymous businessasusual, at 9:05 PM, May 05, 2006  

  • Mayor Pascale is athief and a bum, and the new official Slave Master of Proviso!!
    Any negro who get's uppity, will get 50 lashes or better said will have that cop impersonator Sam Sei arrest him along with theprune face,old lady park board president,who was the BJ queen of Frank Aurie's in the her past life !
    Slave master is so bold and arrogant ,that our Slave Master,has even hired disbarred attorney and snake oil sales man,Anthony Bruno to help him develop Bellwood, even though the FBI is investigating Bruno!
    What's his pattern, all the people making money are White,old fags and whores,who if they were black would be serving time in jail, and would never be allowed to be in charge of anything there entire lives.
    Imagine for one second,if Pascale was Black in a 90%majority white village and he hired an old,ugly,toothless COCKtail waitress,with barely a high school education and made her run the parks? The whites would impeach him. Now imagine that Herrell who is black hired her boyfriend,cop impersonator and wannabe gangbanger,tupee wearing man to run the park board and he started arresting illegally white boys and white men? That clown,Sam Sei, would be in jail doing hard time!
    Now imagine if this black mayor,of a village of 90%whites hired a disbarred attorney,whose family background 's claim to fame was that his daddy was an attorney to the Ganster disciples,was now hired to run economic development planning for the mayor? Both the mayor and the disbarred attorney would be arrested by the FBI and would spend the next 20 years as inmated of some prisons!
    We as a people need to stand up and kick this dirty little greaseball out of town, and we need to tell the yessum negroes on his board to tell him to resign.
    Let's stop being civil to these creeps, and stop playing into there hands"I know you negroe's won't get mad and start a riot and start beating us up like in the Los Angeles riot, because you know I treat you negroes with respect"!
    He's playing us, let's show him what we can do when were mad!
    Let's start acting like Niggers,instead of like calm and respectful people, but this greaseball continues to screw us every which way he can!!!
    Tell the bum, that we are tired of having an ex whore run are parks and that she needs to go,along with her cop impersonator boyfriend, and that Sei's pension will be challenged in court for inpersonating a cop and not being fired when he committed his crimes!
    Also the immediate firing of Bruno, and also Pascale's immediate resignation.
    It's time they showed us respect, and being nice to these thieves is getting us nowhere, instead we should give them what they dread and that's a buch of angry niggers looking to make an example of these 4 inferior and disgusting human beings!!!

    By Anonymous angry black man, at 11:34 PM, May 05, 2006  

  • Okay, Angey Black Man I am trying to feel your pain.
    When we protest and make Pasquele resign, who will become mayor? Ireland! I hope the hell not!

    Who or what would be your solution for replacing the current mayor, because in the last election Pasquele, even with his tainted reputation, looked a whole lot better than David "I'm a Crook Too" Ireland. I would not vote for Ireland if he was running against George Wallace. Ireland is a disgrace and an embarrassment to the Black people in this community. He lost any chance of my vote when he partnered with Welch and other discreditable people. I know Pasquele is not any better, but having Ireland as mayor would be far worse than Pasquele.

    Again, Angry Black Man, who would be your choice for mayor?

    It seems that you are very angry. Maybe, you should just move back to the West Side. Because the village of Bellwood is not changing any time soon. Good Luck with your political takeover.

    By Blogger Change_Is_Coming, at 12:43 AM, May 06, 2006  

  • Ken Leggin cut it out with the Angry Black Man. Do what you gone do and sue the hell out of Bellwood and the Park District. Stop acting like an idiot. Don't talk abou, be about it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:46 AM, May 06, 2006  

  • I would rather have a black man do the things pasquale does than a white man.Eventhough both would be despicable,I can only imagine what Pascale and Bruno and Sei and Herrell say behind close doors about us"these niggers are sure stupid"'"we have our boys tell these niggers to look down AND THEY DO,ha, let's continue stealing from these animals"! Then Bruno will ask Pascale for a job for his friend who was just released from jail and Pascale will fire a black man and give the job to Bruno's friend and give him an $80,000 salary.
    So Mr.Bryant you go along and dance for the white master,and also do his bidding and cause hate between black folks, because this nigger here won't!

    By Anonymous angry as can be, at 10:29 AM, May 06, 2006  

  • Hi, this is Kenneth Leggin, I did not write those comments Anonymous12:46AM. I am sorry, you thought it was me. I do not need to hide behind fake names or anonymous. It seems that there are other people out there living in Bellwood,who have the same concerns as I do. When and if I write on this blob again, I will say my name KENNETH LEGGIN. If you have any questions or concerns about what I write, you know where to find me in Bellwood. I am listed. Hey, Ernie Bryant, if you are anoynomous12:46sm, I still think building a new library in Bellwood is a political move-it is all about contracts/jobs not the children. The justification for building a new library does not fly. I have heard the new library will help our kids academically. Kids who are doing poorly in school do not tend to go the library. Education starts at home not the library. Parents/guardians need to get more involved. I am not buying a new library and 50% plus of Bellwood registered voters are not buying a new library. That referendum, can be put back on the ballot in November 2006 and the same results will happen - NO NEW BELLWOOD LIBRARY. I will make sure it happen. Our kids cannot use the new Park District Facility which was suppose to have been built for the children, what makes one think, a new library is going to allow our children to have excess to the new library without restrictions.

    By Anonymous KENNETH LEGGIN, at 4:28 PM, May 06, 2006  

  • Leggin you are so full of shit and still a dry brain. what the hell are you talking about.Go sue your own ass.

    By Anonymous grapr juice, at 5:45 PM, May 06, 2006  

  • Thanks for the compliments grape juice (lol), at least I am not hiding behind some fake name and at least I do have a brain. You must be ...... well, I am not going to waste the time commenting on you - MR GRAPE JUICE. If you are so big and bad, what is your name. I guess the brainless one don't have a heart either.

    By Anonymous kenneth Leggin, at 10:47 PM, May 06, 2006  

  • Mr. Leggin, why would you say that a new library would not benefit the children of Bellwood? The fact is that most of us WHO are concerned about our children and their academic achievements are the ones who are behind the referendum that will build the new library. At least with knowledge I have the ability to SAY what tax increase I WANT to pay for. And understand this, the margin was not that large against the referendum. I am working for those minor votes come November. If anything ask how can you help. Nothing personal.

    By Anonymous Althea Busby, at 11:55 PM, May 06, 2006  

  • Why wouldn't this community want a state of the art library? Compared to other libraries surrounding Bellwood: Maywood, Oak Park, and Elmhurst, Bellwood's library needs to expand with more computers, books, and services.

    My suggestion would be to keep the old library just as a children's library, and build a new library similar to Maywood or Elmhurst.

    Mr. Leggin you are more concerned with parks and sports than education and higher learning. Your beef with the park district and the mayor is probably legititmate, but what in the hell does that have to do with a library? Does that make any sense?

    I personally don't think that the new library will be like the magnet school PMSA controversy. Remember you supported Welch and all his evilness when it came to firing the basketball coach years ago, but you were quiet as a church mouse about the magnet school. It should be academics over activities.

    Do you realize that Blacks were not allowed to visit libraries in the South. The library is the mecca for all learning and academic achievement for communities. Is it that you are so angry that you will block any and everything that Bryant initates? Bellwood is in desperate need of a new library regardless of Bryant or Pasquele.

    Mr. Leggin you have stated that education starts at home, but society and black communities are in a state where some children don't have that home support. I think your problem with the new library stems from your dislike of Mr. Bryant. It seems that you, Mr. Leggin, talk a good game about Black issues, but you are always fighting with Black folks. Can we for once put our differences aside and work together?

    What Bellwood has to offer is not yet up to the caliber of what Elmhurst and Oak Park offers, but it is much better than what you were offered on the West Side.

    I was disappointed that the referendum did not pass. It had nothing to do with if I like or dislike Bryant. It has to do with offering our children the same opportunities that children in Oak Park and Elmhurst have.

    I thought that was a very ignorant statement to say that you will support NO NEW LIBRARY, but you are obsessed with swings and monkey bars. It seems that you are harboring some childhood angry from not having a park on the West Side. Are you fighting the issue of a new library or Arnie Bryant?

    By Blogger HELP_PROVISO_PLEASE, at 12:21 PM, May 07, 2006  

  • First of all my name is Arnie not Ernie.Mr.leggin (a.k.a.)consiracy theory man,here are some facts you should know(1) the idea for the new library was not that of the mayor but the library board.(2)The company that was going to perform the bond issue(loop capital)is a black owned firm,that was recommended to the library board by David Ireland who by the way was going to help us along with Lester Grant agreed to help find the right black owned construction firm to complete said construction.(3)Mr.leggin the library is not only used it is sometime over used i would suggest to you that you visit the library when school has just ended for the day and see how many young people are there.(4)So that you will have a complete and total understanding I do not use anonymous or any other name than my own,what i write here i will say to your face i have never lacked heart.

    By Anonymous ARNIE F. BRYANT, at 8:40 AM, May 08, 2006  

  • For the past 10 years, this township has been used as a dumping ground for the poor. Because of it’s location in Cook County, the district has been used to warehouse poor Chicagoans. This region has the lowest real estate value, in the area.. The poorest suburb in the US is found here - Maywood; and Bellwood is not far behind.Proviso township represents a region of Illinois similar in some ways to Haiti.

    This district has became a lab for government social welfare programs. Businesses moved out as local governments focused on providing social services over business services. This region became the land of housing projects, Section 8 housing, fatherless families, gangs, crime, and failing schools. White flight has caused a housing boom in DuPage for families searching for safe affordable housing.

    This region has been hit by the 21st Century. Steel mills, manufacturing plants, and blue collar jobs have been leaving since 1979. With a generation of Republican leadership in Springfield, this Democratic region was ignored.
    We are witnesses to what happens when a region is only supported by welfare checks and ignored by both political parties.
    We must all work together to improve our lot. Bellwood can not allow this corrupt mayor and his corrupt trustee's to continue to create new plans that in the long run will not be used prperly and that will become a burden to future taxpayers of Bellwood. Building one school is fine, but why three? Why can't the mayor push for a tax referendum instead of this back door bond ? Is this what occurred with the Magnet school?Why is Welch,Bruno and the entire 88 board working together?
    The Mayor is the Master Pimp of the West side, he takes our,his hoe's money and bitch slaps as well! We are being punked by the entire 88 board and Welch and Bruno and Pascale!

    By Anonymous why treat us like slaves, at 4:52 PM, May 08, 2006  

  • "Why treat us" nailed it.

    Time to wake up, folks.

    By Anonymous wow, at 1:54 PM, May 09, 2006  

  • Leggin and Bryant can't we all just get along. Thanks for fueding in public for all the Whites people. They get a kick out of seeing two Toms go at it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:46 PM, May 20, 2006  

  • Hey anonymous the only tom is the pig shit like you use anonymous because your to ashamed to let people know what a piece of crap you are.

    By Anonymous yo,daddy, at 8:28 AM, June 19, 2006  

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