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Ellisville Mayor, Candidate Break Down TIF Aimed at Walmart

Ellisville Mayor Matt Pirrello and mayoral candidate Adam Paul discuss the proposal meant to draw a Walmart into the city's east end on a recent appearance on KMOX NewsRadio.

Appearing on a St. Louis-based news radio program, Ellisville mayoral candidate Adam Paul and Mayor Matt Pirrello discussed a measure meant to attract a Walmart development into the city.

By using a TIF or tax increment financing, the City would allow Walmart’s developers to retain half of the newly-created sales tax dollars generated on the site.

Pirrello, who is leaving his executive seat and running for a council position, recently said the project would create valuable sales tax revenue for the city; Ellisville city staff familiar with the project, which would be developed under the Sansone Group, said it would annually generate .

The Ellisville City Council as soon as its March 21 meeting.

To hear the complete interview on KMOX NewsRadio, click here.

Kelly Pavlack March 20, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Please don't get me wrong, I don't want Ellisville to become part of the "strip" with nothing but "Big Box" stores around, but I'd rather see the money come here than to the valley or Manchester. Also, if anyone has done business with the City of Ellisville, you know how picky the council is and I can't imagine them handling this any differently than any other business. They have a reputation as being difficult when it comes to businesses, signage and the overall look of buildings that come into Ellisville. I would expect nothing less from them in this case as well.
Charles Pavlack March 20, 2012 at 08:17 PM
My comments were general, Michael, not aimed specifically at you. Actually, not aimed in any way at you, since as you say, you were asking that if people were going to make such statements, they should quote their sources.
Michael Rhodes March 21, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Adam, I qoute your post here: "Regarding Kmart, they will most likely close this location if they approve the Walmart. This information comes directly from Kmart reps. Other than that, they have no intentions to close the store at all and actually have upgrades planned for the building later this year." Who at Sears/Kmart confirmed this and did they state what type of upgrades they are going to do? Was this commuication from Sears corporate office? That location sure could use an overhaul.
E. Schmidt March 21, 2012 at 07:16 PM
>>>So I’d rather use TIF to see tax dollars come back to Ellisville than to watch all those people continue to shop in the Valley or up Manchester. As my husband said, it doesn’t make sense to take the moral high ground at the city’s expense.<<< All we are doing is declaring a kind of tribal war on other municipalities…we launch a TIF and blow-up their retail sector…they launch one and blow-up ours. Another municipality on the retail downwind gets the fallout , becomes collateral damage, joins the war and retaliates in kind. But, this is like thermo-nuclear war…there is no definitive “first strike capability” that can protect us. The only way to win is not to play…because the only real winners are the arms dealers…Sansone Group and Walmart…selling us mutually assured destruction in the form of TIF while they are safely tucked away in million dollar gated-communities and Bentonville, AK and laugh all the way to the bank.
Roni R. Bryant March 28, 2013 at 03:25 AM
I lived in Saint Louis City & now live back in my small hometown. Walmart came in, put nearly all the small businesses OUT OF BUSINESS, then they left after about 30 years of stealing our beautiful town. We fell victim to the "Walmart Effect"...while we'll make a comeback, please reconsider any Walmart moving in ANYWHERE!

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