GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL DECIDES TO NOT VOTE ON BUSINESS TAX DISTRICT…NOT YET
The Greenville City Council decide to not vote on the Business Tax District at the Tuesday night special board meeting, despite the fact that the Business Tax District was the main purpose for the special meeting to be held.
The Business Tax District would raise the sales tax inside the district by 1%, that extra tax money would then be used to upgrade and construct infrastructure inside the district, which contains most of the business around the I-70 and Route 127 interchange.
Councilman John Gillard began the discussion by saying the city may be jumping into this to quick. And that he hoped to find a funding solution to improve the Exit 45 entrance into Greenville with the help of the business community.
Councilman Kenny Hampton said “we’ve hit a brick wall of opposition and it’s right to step back.” Councilman Roger Sanders said he had no problem with waiting, and later in the meeting delivered a prepared speech detailing why he is in favor of the Business Tax District to the crowded city hall. In that speech Sanders highlighted the downward tax spiral that has been happening on the Greenville Square for the last 40 years, and Sanders said the land that fronts I-70 behind Love’s is a unique opportunity for economic development.
In the end the Greenville City Council took no action on the Business Tax District. That leaves the opportunity to bring the idea back at anytime. It's been estimated that the Business Tax District would collect about $265,000 per year in taxes.
The Bond County Senior Center has officially moved to their new location at
1001 E. Harris Avenue in Greenville. The first lunch in the new location was served Tuesday.
ILLINOIS CROPS LOOKING GOOD SO FAR
A late start to the Illinois corn and soybean harvest is producing good results so far. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says only five percent of the state's corn and one percent of the soybean crop has been harvested. So far, the corn ratings are ten percent excellent, 48 percent good, and 30 percent fair. On the soybean crop; six percent excellent, 44 percent good, and 34 percent fair.
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TRIVIA NIGHT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR GES ACADEMIC BOOSTER CLUB PROGRAMS
A fund raiser has been scheduled for this weekend to help benefit local academic programs. The Greenville Elementary School Academic Booster Club is sponsoring a Trivia Night fund raiser Saturday, September 28, starting at 7:00 p.m. The event is at the Greenville Country Club and the restaurant will be open. The cost is $10.00 per person with a maximum of eight people per table. Individuals may pay at the door. The funds raised from the Trivia Night will go towards continuing after school programs. For more information on the Trivia Night or any of the programs that the GES Academic Booster Club offers, call Elaine Craver at 339-1833.