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Saturday, September 09, 2017

Library Not Included In ARISE TIF District Surplus Funds

According to this article, the Hedberg Library in Janesville will be seeking $1 million from Janesville taxpayers to help pay for renovations.

The library however sits in the much ballyhooed Downtown ARISE TIF District (or is within a stone's throw). Yet the newspaper story contains no mention of TIF dollars being used to help pay for the project. Certainly it can be argued that if the library does not benefit the ARISE plan or nearby private businesses enough to qualify for TIF dollars, then the library is of no benefit to the rest of the city.

The Janesville City Council will consider the library's request for the $1 million from taxpayers on Monday.

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