Cal City pushes tax breaks for businesses

2014-04-26T00:00:00Z Cal City pushes tax breaks for businessesGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
April 26, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CALUMET CITY | The City Council recommended a property tax break and the extension of an existing tax break desired by a pair of businesses that say they need the relief if they’re to be economically viable.

Calumet Dockside Services Inc., at 426 Burnham Ave., has had a Class 8 real estate tax assessment classification for 12 years. But that tax break — which cuts the amount of property taxes nearly in half — is set to expire after this year.

The company wants an extension, which ultimately would have to be granted by the Cook County Board. But county officials will not consider such a tax break unless the local government first gives its recommendation.

Aldermen also supported the county creating a Class 8 tax break for 1407 Huntington Drive, which is zoned industrial and used to be the location of Bad Boyz Toyz. It has sat vacant for two years, but the property owner told city officials a business might move in if a tax break was provided.

Aldermen voted 6-0 on both measures, with 3rd Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones being absent.

In other business, the council approved a $15,200 payment to Complex Network Solutions for one year’s worth of payments for maintenance of pole-mounted security cameras used by the Police Department.

Aldermen also approved a $23,488.75 payment for traffic signal LED upgrades, bringing those signals into compliance with Illinois Department of Transportation requirements.

Also, Pace Suburban Bus community relations representative Jessica Mitchell presented city officials with a check for $20,538, which is the city’s share of revenue from participating in the Pace ad shelter program

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