Mark Pietrowski Jr., DeKalb County board chairman, waits to make a point during a Oct. 24 DeKalb County Planning and Zoning Committee meeting. Mark Busch – email@example.com
DeKALB – The DeKalb County Board chairman said he will recommend the county does not recommend county approval for the proposed City of DeKalb tax increment financing district.
The DeKalb County Executive Committee will discuss whether it would recommend approval for an intergovernmental agreement about the TIF district during its meeting Wednesday night.
DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski Jr. said he also shared his anticipated recommendation regarding the proposed DeKalb TIF district agreement with DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith as a courtesy.
“We believe that there’s more that needs to be talked about,” Pietrowski said.
The announcement came after DeKalb County officials abstained from voting on the agreement with the city during a meeting between city officials and taxing bodies, or the Joint Review Board, on Friday, citing a Nov. 21 County Board meeting that will give further direction on how to vote. Other taxing body representatives from DeKalb School District 428 and Kishwaukee College also abstained from voting during the joint review board meeting.
Pietrowski said he will bring up reasons why at the Wednesday meeting and said more information on his rationale for the recommendation will be further discussed then. He said more related information also will be coming from the State’s Attorney’s office before the meeting Wednesday night.
The Daily Chronicle has not received any related materials as of 4:10 p.m. Tuesday.
DeKalb School District 428 officials previously raised concerns about administrative fees being incorrectly charged on various TIF projects. The amount ranges anywhere from $500,000 to $800,000 a year over at least the past decade, District 428 Superindendent Jamie Craven had said.
Craven had said the district’s lawyer came across the information after reviewing annual TIF reports from the city over the past few months. He had said administrative costs fit within the acceptable uses of TIF funds according to Illinois law, but school district officials had brought the information before the review board because they thought $800,000 was excessive for the city to transfer to its general fund for only administrative costs.
The committee also is set to discuss intergovernmental agreements regarding the DeKalb Sycamore Area Transportation Study and the DeKalb County sheriff’s new radio communications system, according to the agenda. The recommendations for the three agreements would go before the county board next week.
The Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Five Season’s room at the DeKalb County Community Outreach Building, 2500 N. Annie Glidden Road.