Notes from tonight’s City Council meeting.
Public Hearings: Â Only one spoke – Elissa McGauley, Economic Development Specialist for Community Development, gave a brief preview stating this was being done due to a change in the IC code in 2006.
R-09-10-13: Barry Becker, from The Medical Protective Company spoke on the last one. Â He stated the mailing was ready, but was not sent on time.
Public Hearings closed.
Non-Compliance Waivers: Â Elissa is presenting. Â If approved, a credit towards next year’s tax bill will be granted to each company. Â This will avoid giving a refund, or the City having to pay interest.
Mitch Harper – Personal property loss of abatement is going forward. Â Real Estate can be picked up in subsequent years. Â If a business leaves or goes out of business, the abatements typically stop. Â However, the choice can be made to keep an abatement in place. Â This was done several years ago as a way of marketing the property at a lower purchase price.
Mitch is asking about the abatement on The Harrison, if it should be taken back since nothing has been done on it. Â Tim Pape has asked if this is beyond the scope of current discussion. Â Liz Brown has allowed it. Â Elissa is responding that the start/completion dates are tentative. Â Currently, December 31, 2011 is sunset date for the project to start and receive the abatement.
Karen Goldner – wants to verify the companies have met their compliance goals. Â Jobs have been created and have done what they said they would do in the abatement.
Elissa – There are over 200 active abatements. Â Council has to be an advocate for businesses. Â We do everything we can on our end. Â We send notices to companies of dates and process times. Â Notifications of changes to State Â Code are also sent out.
Glynn Hines – Elissa does dueÂ diligenceÂ to make sure companies are in compliance. Â She also gets reasons why and future remedies.
Liz – ordinances do have fines in place. Â Elissa – yes, $500. Â Only looking at a couple of months. Â They are paying the fine. Â They are on notice they need to meet dates in future.
Elissa – is working with Swiss Re. Â Paper
Final vote – 9- 10- 11 no vote for Mitch. Â Everything else passes.