CEDARBURG — The
county could forgive taxes to help Cedarburg’s efforts to have the
Amcast property redeveloped.
County Board Wednesday will consider initiating In Rem proceedings
for the Amcast property at Hamilton Road and Johnson Street in
Cedarburg, former location of Amcast and Meta-Mold. In Rem is a
legal term that gives a court power over a property.
County Administrator Jason Dzwinel, the process would forgive the
property’s unpaid taxes, amounting to $265,000 since the delinquency
began in 2006.
“The City of
Cedarburg CDA and developer require the Ozaukee County Treasurer to
initiate In Rem proceedings on the property and forgive any
delinquent property taxes,” Dzwinel wrote.
“The use of In
Rem proceedings is a common practice as counties partner with
municipalities and developers to revitalize blighted properties,” he
The city of
Cedarburg and Mequon consultant DJ Burns agreed in November on the
terms of a developers agreement for the property. According to the
document, the Cedarburg Community Development Authority will obtain
the 8acre parcel, which once housed a foundry and diecast facility,
as well as offices; ownership would then be conveyed to Burns for
still contains buildings that will need to be demolished, after
which the site could be remediated and reconstructed.
information from Dzwinel, forgiving the back taxes will not
negatively impact the county budget. The delinquent taxes are
recognized in county finances, and no fund balances will be
affected. He also wrote that the law will allow $80,000 of the
delinquency to be written off.
Dzwinel’s report, the Cedarburg CDA and developer require the county
to initiate the In Rem proceedings for the project. The die-cast
business formerly housed at the site was closed in 2005.
The In Rem
matter will be taken up for approval by the Ozaukee County Executive
Committee and then the County Board; it is on the County Board
agenda for Wednesday.
planning process is still in initial stages, Burns has said he plans
some type of mixed-use development for the site, once it is fully
remediated. It could include offices and businesses, residential,
multifamily or senior housing.
Common Council has approved tax incremental financing for the site,
to aid in its reconstruction and improvement. Council discussions
have indicated that the project may require more city investment
than the city will recoup from it.
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