DeKalb council preview: TIF audit, HUD money public hearing, and more

January 11, 2019

DeKALB – The city council will move to authorize City Manager Bill Nicklas to approve a number of audit agreements relating to tax increment financing during Monday’s meeting.

The council in December approved earmarking $100,000 from both TIF 1 and TIF 2 to go toward paying for a forensic audit of the city’s past use of TIF money following a months-long round of allegations made against the city by various taxing bodies, as well as DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato.

Amato in December urged the city to allow a forensic audit – with an outside auditor chosen by his office – and Nicklas said Monday’s meeting will formalize an agreement to cement payment for the audit.

“Ultimately, we’re paying for [the audit],” Nicklas said Friday. “So there will be some type of understanding, it could be an exchange of letters, a one-page agreement, or something, that binds us to pay for someone else’s directed work.”

The details of the audit are not yet known, but the terms of the agreement will authorize Nicklas to assist Amato in the selection of an auditing firm as necessary, and to commit the $200,000 to cover the expense.

More HUD money

Council will also hold a public hearing to approve an amendment to the Community Development Block Grant Consolidated Plan, which is a five-year plan that provides direction to development to address housing and community development needs.

As part of the city’s 25th year in the federal Housing and Urban Development program, the city was awarded an additional $459,532 according to the agenda packet. The hearing will gauge public comment on a proposal by the city to re-organize money distribution plans, taking the new sum into consideration.

Also on the agenda

Council will also vote to appoint Joyce Stupegia as 3rd Ward alderman until her successor can take office following the April election.

In addition to the TIF talks, council will also vote to authorize a severance package settlement former interim city manager Molly Talkington, and finalize an employment contract with Nicklas as the new manager.

A number of votes will take place in relation to the city providing funds to other public agencies, including votes to authorize $50,000 to the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors, and $45,000 to the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.


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