Attorney To Meet Privately With City Industrial Development Board On Black Creek TIF

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The attorney for the City Industrial Development Board has set a private meeting with members of the board on Thursday morning in connection with the $9 million Black Creek TIF that was ruled invalid by Chancellor Frank Brown.

Former City Attorney Mike McMahan has been advising the bond board.

The Black Creek developers have issued the bonds and spent some of the proceeds.

Chancellor Brown said the manner in which the TIF was handled violated the Open Meetings Act.

He also said that it was a conflict of interest that the opinion letter saying the project was a valid use of a TIF was written by an attorney in the employ of the developers.

The agenda for the IDB meeting lists: "Attorney-client session following meeting regarding Black Creek Mountain."  

Citizen activist Helen Burns Sharp filed the lawsuit, saying she felt it was improper use of TIF funds to pay for a road and sewer line up Aetna Mountain.

A group of citizens last Tuesday night asked the City Council to direct the city attorney's office to take no further action on the TIF and not to appeal the order of Chancellor Brown.

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