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Maple Grove Sen. Warren Limmer says some legislators don’t agree with controversial TIF funding because of cities’ past abuse of it. But by including Apple Valley’s TIF request in tax bills, Limmer said, “I think we’re picking favorites.”
The Legislature included Apple Valley’s TIF request this year, which will allow the city to make a 455-acre site a TIF district to help pay for roads, stormwater management and other utilities. Burnsville also got TIF district approval in 2008 for restoring land and installing infrastructure.
But in Maple Grove, “I’m not sure the state has a lot of sympathy for them that they need help with this,” Corrigan said.
Madsen said it’s a misconception that the affluent city can afford the redevelopment. He said the Arbor Lakes area was easier to develop years ago as retail in a better economy. The two gravel firms, he added, will pay for restoring the land before selling it. “It’s so important for legislators to know this is not a giveaway,” he said.
If legislators don’t change their minds, he vows to be back at the State Capitol next year.
“The potential of that gravel mining area is huge,” he said. “We feel the best is yet to come.”
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