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DeKalb’s Joint Review Board to put TIF conversations back on the table Friday

January 23, 2019

DeKALB – The city’s Joint Review Board will meet for the first time in months Friday to discuss tax increment financing.

According to new city manager Bill Nicklas, the meeting will be “re-organizational.”

“The JRB went sort of sideways in November and December,” said Nicklas, who at that time was special assistant to Laurie Borowicz, president of Kishwaukee College. “We wanted to get the parties back together again and talk about process, and that we’re going to do things better and differently in 2019.”

The board is comprised of representatives from the various taxing bodies in the county, and endured a tumultuous end of 2018 following a tabling of a planned TIF 3 for the city, after numerous calls for a forensic audit to be conducted into the city’s historical use of TIF surplus funds.

Much of the audit conversation was led by DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato, who will give an update on the impending forensic audit during Friday’s meeting.

“In this meeting, we’re going to be taking a different approach,” Nicklas said. “There was a meeting in August and September that was not fullly representative of everybody that would normally be on the JRB.”

The city’s economic development planner, Jason Michnick, who was heading up the city’s TIF conversations, along with City Attorney Dean Frieders, will exit his role Feb. 1. Michnick has said Nicklas will from here on out take up the TIF reigns for the city.

The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. in the council chambers of the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.

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