Mayor speaks to the Shelbyville board

Mayor speaks to the Shelbyville board

The Shelbyville Board of Education heard a proposal that could lead to more businesses in the town and more students in the school district’s buildings. Shelbyville Mayor Jeff Johnson spoke to the board about the city’s plan to apply for an Illinois Department of Commerce enterprise zone before the end of the year. The zones, allotted by the state, allow communities to waive sales tax for purchases made in the state for new development and also waive property taxes on the improved properties for a time. Other taxing bodies in the zone area, including school districts, must pass a resolution of support for the application. “If this is approved, we would ask for a seven-year waiver for industrial development and three years each for commercial and residential development, “Johnson told the board.

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