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Watseka School Board Takes No Action on Abatement Request

A request for a business tax abatement is left in limbo after the Unit Nine school board took no action on the matter Monday night.

The issue died due to lack of a motion.

Business owner Roger Dittrich addressed the board members, requesting a 10-year tax abatement based on a sliding scale of 10% per year.  Dittrich and business owner Dennis Wittenborn have talked to the school board, the city of Watseka, and the Iroquois County Board.

The tax break request is to defray start-up costs for three new business developments….a new Monicals Pizza, Steak ‘N Shake and Taco Bell.  All are planned for construction along Route 24 East in Watseka.

Last week, the Iroquois County Board voted NO to the abatement.  It was a 15-4 vote to deny the request.  Some members said it’s not good policy to give certain businesses an upper hand.


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