The Burns Harbor
Redevelopment Commission meets Monday at 6 p.m. at the town hall to conduct
a public hearing on whether to enlarge the townís TIF district.
public hearing, RDC members will consider amending the districtís economic
development plan and its area. The RDC faces a Tuesday deadline to have the
TIF expansion completed for 2015 taxation purposes.
collections on future development in the designated TIF area are affected.
The RDC initiated
the process May 12 when it authorized financial consultant Cender & Company
to prepare a feasibility study whether to add the Traditions apartment
complex to the TIF. At the June 11 meeting Cender analyst Dan Botich
presented 45 pages of documents to not only add Traditions to the TIF but
also land that is designated for a future downtown district.
The area to be
added is 83 acres; about 27 percent of the town would be within the TIF
economic development district.
If approved, the
Burns Harbor TIF would be the first in Porter County to allow a school
corporation, specifically Duneland School Corporation, to replace
capital-projects funds it wouldnít receive because TIF collections are
dedicated for the RDCís exclusive use rather than shared with other taxing
The schools would
be paid $135,000 a year for 10 years to provide educational services under a
contract with the RDC.
Both the Burns
Harbor Town Council and the Advisory Plan Commission have signed off on the
TIF-expansion proposal as required by the law for it to become effective.
The RDCís monthly
meeting that previously was set for Thursday has been canceled.
This Friday the
Burns Harbor Town Council will meet at 8 a.m. at the town hall for the
purpose of approving an advanced-life-support ambulance service contract.
June 11 members agreed Superior Ambulance Service will take over as primary
ALS responder in town effective July 1.
The contract is
similar to the one Superior has in effect with the Town of Chesterton.
Currently the Porter County ALS service provided through Porter Regional
Hospital is Burns Harborís primary responder.