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August 1, 2013

Logansport, LMU file against county

Remonstrance on the books over county's TIF district expansion

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The document goes on to quote an unidentified female in the meeting stating, “I think we’re going to have to lose this recording.”

Sailors could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

At a public hearing for the proposed TIF expansion Wednesday, Cass County Commissioners President Dave Arnold said the reasons behind the expansion are to attract economic development and that four businesses have expressed a desire to explore developing in the area. Scott’s Square, a truck stop, is scheduled to break ground in the district Friday.

Arnold added providing utilities to Clymers is also among the county’s goals.

“Infrastructure in that area especially needs to be improved,” he said.

Head deferred comments to Bosma, explaining his responsibilities consisted of filing on behalf of the city and that Bosma is taking the lead on the remonstrance. Bosma could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

The remonstrance goes on to state the county’s proposed expansion “will negatively impact” Logansport and LMU, as part of the land within the proposed expansion is within LMU’s utility service area.

“Therefore, LMU may be required to extend services to property within the proposed expanded [TIF] district, but will not have access to the TIF funds generated to construct infrastructure improvements,” the document states.

Lisa Lee, an attorney with Indianapolis-based Ice Miller LLP, working as legal counsel for the county, said the city and LMU will have 10 days from Wednesday’s public hearing on expanding the TIF district to file a suit in circuit court over the matter.

The county commissioners will cast its second vote on the proposed expansion at 1 p.m. Monday in the Commissioners Hearing Room on the second floor of the Cass County Building, 200 Court Park.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com.

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