Saturday, August 15, 2015
Ridder, Barr to take opposition to South Main Street TIF to City Council
The only exception to that came when former Joplin R-8 Superintendent C. J. Huff inexplicably lined up behind former Joplin master developer Wallace-Bajjali's creation of the largest TIF district in city history.
When Wallace took the plans for that district to the state legislature two years ago, he joked that even the school officials were behind it and "that never happens."
You can see how that worked out for the school district since Wallace-Bajjali bought the TIF Commission votes of Huff and R-8 CFO Paul Barr with the promise of a $13 million payout in the third year of the TIF and the construction of a new school, neither of which were ever going to happen.
Times are different and things are somewhat back to normal in Joplin. The R-8 School District is steadfastly opposing the proposed South Main Street TIF. Interim Superintendent Norm Ridder and Barr are scheduled to address the City Council during its 6 p.m. Monday meeting at City Hall.
The council is scheduled to have its first reading vote on approval of the TIF district Monday night.