Cordova… Last week, Representative Tony McCombie (Savanna) hosted an advisory committee on
local economic development with the mayors and economic development agencies of the district.
Rep. McCombie provided a quick legislative update regarding the unbalanced budget and growing unpaid bills passed over the summer, expanding Enterprise Zones, and tax credits incentive programs such as EDGE, River’s EDGE that were signed into law.
Major topics of discussion included budget cuts to PPRT (Personal Property Replacement Tax), MFT (Motor Fuel Tax) cuts, and county sales tax cuts. Local programs like the Tax Increment Finance (TIF) and the cost of continually having to do more with less were also addressed.
“It is important to get feedback from community and economic development leaders in order to more effectively represent the constituents. We had over 30 participants at the meeting and it was my goal to facilitate a place for them to network with each other and learn at least one thing that may help them locally,” said Rep. McCombie. “It is no secret that Illinois is facing some tough challenges, but together we do not have to face and overcome them alone. To promote regionalism, communities and organizations in Northwest Illinois should communicate and collaborate to better serve our residents and grow our local and regional economies.”
In attendance was State Senator Neil Anderson (Rock Island), State Representative Dan Swanson (Alpha), nine mayors, including Rock Falls Mayor Bill Wescott the President of the Northwest Illinois Mayors Association, five city/county administrators, five local chambers, and representatives from ten other economic development agencies and tourism bureaus in the 71st District.
Residents of the 71st District can learn more about Rep. McCombie by visiting her website at www.repmccombie.com or calling her legislative office at (815) 632-7384.