An outgoing majority of Dyersville City Council members will not go quietly into retirement from public service. More than $800,000 total in tax increment financing incentives will be on the table during a special meeting Dec. 30 , just a day before three council members and the mayor wrap up their civic tenures. Council Members Daniel Willenborg and Robert Platz , along with Mayor Jim Heavens , were defeated Nov. 5 , and Council Member Molly Evers did not seek re-election. A bulk of the meeting will be dedicated to discussion on two proposed additions to the city's Urban Renewal Area plan and corresponding TIF benefits. The TIF agreements will serve as financial incentives for new businesses. Heavens said the council must clear these items up by the end of the year for "administrative" reasons, and to ease the transition for incoming council members. "When the new council comes in here, they're going to have to dive right into the budget," he said. "I don't think they should be burdened with too many heavy public hearing (action items)." The council will consider TIF benefits for the Physical Therapy Solutions clinic construction project. Up to $210,000 in tax rebates could be made available to project developers over 10 years. A second TIF proposal represents a slight deviation from the city's normal procedures. To help lure Dardis Inc. , an apparel distributer, to the 20 West Industrial Center, the Dyersville Economic Development Corporation "gifted" land to the company as an upfront incentive. Instead of the company receiving TIF benefits, the proposal calls for the corporation to receive those benefits as repayment. The corporation could receive up to $672,000 over 15 years, though Jacque Rahe , executive director of the corporation, noted the actual tax benefits will be based on the assessed value of the Dardis property. On Dec. 16 , the city added two public infrastruction projects to the urban rewewal area. Both will be eligible for up to $500,000 in TIF benefits.
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