By Herb Meeker
News Report Staff
Teutopolis Village Board members approved a plat plan on March 21 for the west side Commercial Subdivision and also a change for saving costs on village employee health coverage.
The Commercial Subdivision vote last Wednesday approved a third addition to the property west of Commercial Drive. The village established its first Tax Increment Financing District there for attracting new businesses, and a few have opened so far.
The other Teutopolis TIF District covers a much larger area, stretching along the U.S. Route 40 corridor with expansions to the north and south sides of the village. The larger TIF will help residential, as well as commercial development, including the new Prairie View Subdivision on the far south edge of the village.
A TIF helps with development by setting aside property tax revenues derived from any increases in land values after a TIF district is established. This can extend for 23 years. As new development is completed in the district, then land values will increase and fund additional development on infrastructure or assisting businesses with improvements.
The vote was unanimous in favor of the resolution with Teutopolis Trustees Dan Zerrusen, Kenny Esker, Joe Schumacher, Greg Oseland and Dave Tegeler casting votes. John Mette abstained since he is a member of the Wooden Shoe Development board helping with development of the Commercial Subdivision area.
The board agreed to switch employee health coverage to Healthy Lifestyles Insurance through the Illinois Rural Water Association. This change offers lower premium costs on health insurance for the five village employees eligible for the benefit.
The board also discussed paying $2,000 to “Imagine This” of Effingham for redesigning the village website. Many communities maintain websites to inform local residents on government services or upcoming events. These websites also provide data on a community or actions taken by government officials.
JoAnn Sasse Givens, of the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, offered information on the results of a recent survey on life and work in Effingham County. The survey did receive a lot of positive feedback from participants.