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October 22, 2014, 7:38 pm
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Aldermen Get Into Tiff Over Art Project TIF

Things got personal between some Springfield Aldermen while debating how the city should go about supporting public art projects.


During Tuesday's City Council Committee of the Whole, Aldermen heard about a proposed Tax Increment Finance allotment of $50,000 for a public art project that would include large murals on the facade of several buildings around the downtown area.


Aldermen Frank Edwards asked about the legality of using TIF money for art projects, something Ward 6's Cory Jobe says is an attempt to "put a wrench" in the project.


The city's corporation counsel says there may need to be a facade easement program in place to give the city more control over what's put on walls, but Downtown Springfield Inc. said they have a design council to make those decisions.


Director of Economic Development Mike Farmer says there are ways to fund public art projects without purchasing the art. DSI says they don't care where the money comes from ... it could even be a grant ... their only objective is to enrich the downtown area to make it more vibrant and inviting for residents and visitors.


The ordinance was placed on the consent agenda for passage next week.


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