The good news:
The proposed use of tax incentives to develop a Walmart Super Center is meeting opposition in Ellisville. A crowd of more than 100 people turned out Monday for a public hearing before the city's Tax Increment Financing Commission. Most of them voiced opposition to the plan.
The vicious cycle:
Charles Pavlack, commission chairman and a former Ellisville City Council member, insisted that TIFs have been used in the past for the Manchester Highlands, Chesterfield Commons, and other shopping centers that drew stores away from Ellisville. "For us to say we'll take the moral high ground and make a brave stand to turn down TIF, when others have used the same method to take our businesses, doesn't make sense," he said.
And of course, the next step and a threat:
The negative commission vote means that at least five of the six council members and mayor would have to vote in favor of the TIF. Normally, a simple majority of four would be needed.
Jim Sansone, a principal with Sansone Group, said that, without tax incentives, "this project will not happen."