Richard Pluim of Hartford walks along South Main Street
near the Westphal Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast on
Tuesday afternoon in Hartford. The Westphal Mansion is
looking to join the downtown Business Improvement
District in Hartford.
John Ehlke/Daily News
HARTFORD — The Common Council
during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday
night unanimously approved the creation of a
Tax Incremental Finance District — TIF
District No. 11.
The proposal must still go
before a joint review committee made up of
the local governments who share the property
tax money generated in the district. That
committee has already debated the proposal
once before, but give a final OK before the
TIF can become active.
On Monday, the city’s
Commission approved a site plan for a
proposed 12,000-square-foot addition to the Broan-Nutone complex along Madison Drive.
Money generated from the TIF will help pay
for the company’s project and aid the city
in completing infrastructure projects within
the district. The new TIF district will have
a life of 20 years.
Broan Nu-Tone officials have
told city leaders the ongoing major
logistics center expansion project and the
proposed office addition could not have
taken place without the implementation of
the new TIF district.
“The proposed addition will
house offices, a conference room and
restrooms as well as new lab and test
space,” said City Planner Justin Drew.
A TIF district uses
additional property taxes generated within
its borders through increased economic
development to pay for building
infrastructure such as sewer and water,
storm water management, roads, access to
electricity and natural gas as well as other
improvements needed to spur development.
The city has discussed using
some of the TIF funds to build a new bridge
on North Wacker Drive, construct a new water
main in the area and complete some other
The Common Council also
unanimously approved the addition of the new
Cobblestone Hotel, Hen Picked Antiques and
the Westphal Mansion in the downtown
Business Improvement District.
“They currently aren’t within
that district’s borders,” Drew said. “They
requested that they be added so they could
be involved with the BID and be part of
downtown related activities.”
County sales tax
The Common Council also
discussed and was expected to approve a
resolution requesting Washington County
agree to distribute 25 percent of the local
sales tax the county collects to all
municipalities in the county. Throughout the
county towns, villages and cities are
expected to vote on the joint resolution.
“The intended use of these
funds to the county have changed from
reimbursement for a development incentive,
to debt reduction, to funding their own
capital projects,” said City Administrator
Steve Volkert. “What the individual
communities are now asking is for help in
reducing their debt and capital expenditures
by having the county share just 25 percent
of the total tax which the county receives
with the individual communities.
“If approved, the city of
Hartford would receive more funding to
increase our road miles of maintenance which
is the top complaint we receive from
residents,” Volkert said. “Currently the
city spends an average of $1.4 million on
local street repairs annually. If the city
were to receive an additional $325,000
through the sales tax, the city would be
able to complete more street repair and
Officials said an additional
sales tax was created in 1999 to help
attract and pay for Cabela’s locating in the
village of Richfield.
This story went to press
before information was available on how the
Council voted on the issue.
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