The Sunset Homes
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA - One alderman's
request to revisit the Common Council's split approval of a tax
incremental district amendment will bring the controversial item
back for further examination.
Aldermen spent more than two
hours discussing the amendment earlier this month before voting 7-6
in favor of the measure - which would alter the project plan for TID
No. 22, permitting the city to make a $1.6 million loan to the
Sunset Homes condo association for repairing leaky roofs,
deteriorated siding and worn-out parking surfaces.
The amendment has drawn
considerable attention since its approval, sparking Alderman Aaron
Perry and some members of the public to ask Mayor Shawn Reilly to
use his veto power on the measure.
But because the amendment was
signed by Council President Andy Reiland, who was filling in for
Reilly while he was on vacation, it cannot be vetoed, meaning the
only way it could be revisited is if a council member who voted in
favor of the plan requested a motion to reconsider.
Earlier this week, Alderman
Adam Jankowski did just that, asking Reilly to add the item to
Tuesday night's Common Council agenda.
The aldermen will first have
to vote whether to revisit the project. If they choose to do so, a
second vote would determine if last week's decision stands or is
overturned. The council can also vote to amend the language of the
project plan, according to Reilly.
In 2009, the 120 Sunset Homes
units were each assessed at over $100,000, but six years later they
are now worth just over $50,000, according to a city report. If the
amendment stands, the loan would be made to the Sunset Homes condo
association and paid back through increased condo association fees
over the next 15 years.
In a July 22 email to
Community Development Director Jennifer Andrews, City Attorney Brian
Running said he was "very skeptical" about the condo association's
ability to secure loans adequately and wanted to see their
financials and tax returns for the last five to 10 years.
Earlier this week, Reiland
told The Freeman he was happy to hear the council would be getting
another chance to discuss the plan. He believed there was some
confusion among aldermen regarding the condo association's
financials and has been collecting questions from the council to
give Andrews before Tuesday's meeting.
The council meeting will
begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Waukesha City Hall,
201 Delafield St.
How they voted
Waukesha aldermen on TID No. 22 amendment at Sept. 1
Common Council meeting
DID NOT VOTE:
Andy Reiland (served as acting mayor during meeting)
Roger Patton (resigned position hours before meeting)
Council may get second vote on controversial TID amendment