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No TIF Money For Ellisville Walmart — For Now

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ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOX) –  After a vigorous debate, the Ellisville TIF Commission Monday night rejected a plan to use tax money to finance a Walmart Super Center at Clarkson and Manchester.

The issue now goes to the city council, where it will require a super-majority of five votes instead of the usual four.

Commissioner Mike Jones with County Executive Charlie Dooley’s office reacted moments after the vote.

“It’s a zero-sum game,” he told KMOX News. “For every (TIF project) that you create, you’re going to create some losers someplace else.”

Mayor Matt Pirrello disagrees, saying the area in question has been sitting dormant for five years.

“If we use (opponents’) philosophy, there will be no new retail development anywhere within the county,” he concluded.

Pirrello added that while he understands the on-going debate about TIF monies, he doesn’t feel this is the right time for moral stands at the expense of economic development within his community.

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