Shared Research – Pitch In!

There are 1,220 TIFs in Illinois inside of 455 municipalities. In 2010 they extracted $1.12 BILLION in property taxes from taxpayers across the state. What do we know, collectively, about all this economic activity? Precious little.

We need YOU to become a TIF Illuminator and help shed light on this economic transfer system that takes from the many and gives to the few.

What you can do:

ANYWHERE IN AMERICA:

  • Sign our online petition to demand that all TIF activity be placed on the property tax bill. If you have a property inside a TIF district, your tax bill should say so and tell you how much of your property taxes that TIF collected.
    Go to http://signon.org/sign/put-tax-increment-finance - please CIRCULATE this link and ask your friends to sign.

IF YOU ARE IN ILLINOIS:

IF YOU ARE IN CHICAGO:

  • Help investigate the TIF funded projects in the 27th Ward! Go to this Google Spreadsheet and pick one project and sign up to Illuminate it! http://tinyurl.com/27thWard-Shared-Research
  • If we all pitch in, we can swiftly illuminate the REAL story behind the $454 MILLION property taxes that Chicago’s TIF districts collected in 2011!

The TIF Illumination Project


Name *
Prefix

First *

Last *

Suffix

Email *

Confirm *
Phone

###

-

###

-

####

Address
Street Address

Address Line 2

City

State / Province / Region

Postal / Zip Code

Country

Your Ward *

Your comments, suggestions, stories about TIFs.
Tell us if you’d like to help the CivicLab and the TIF Illumination Project!
 Donate 
 Research TIFs
in my ward 
 Research TIFs
generally 
 Volunteer graphic design services 
 Volunteer
coding services 
 Volunteer to produce special events 
 Volunteer performance services 
 Teach a class on civics or organizing 

Powered byEMF Online Survey

Skype: tom.tresser

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CivicLab

Twitter: http://twitter.com/civiclabchicago

We are all volunteers but we have BIG plans for the TIF Illumination Project. We’d like to print and distribute at least 5,000 copies of our ward maps and TIF summaries in EACH ward as we complete our investigation of that ward. We intend to meet with community groups and share this information with them. Sound ambitious? Sure, but it’s OUR money and if we don’t watch out how it’s used and abused, who will?

Invest in the TIF Project!

  • Post a comment

    Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.

%d bloggers like this: