ST. JOSEPH — The village will not be investing in an assisted-living facility.
Mayor B.J. Hackler sent a letter to Savoy lawyer John Sasek on Tuesday, stating that the village thought an assisted-living facility would be a good addition to the community, but that the village is not willing to invest in the project.
"I have made an informal poll of the Trustees and have determined there is little, if any interest in moving forward with your proposal if it involves any financing by the Village of St. Joseph," the letter stated.
The letter went on to state that there are legal issues with the village participating in funding an assisted-living facility since the village is a non-home-rule municipality.
In other business, the two local school districts say they do not want a residential tax increment financing district within the village.
"Our main concern is that no new tax dollars would be coming in to offset the cost of educating new students," Grade school district Superintendent Todd Pence said of both the grade school and high school.
Pence said on average the grade school spends $6,649.90 to educate each student and state aid covers $3,126.65. The high school spends $8,791.74 per student and state aid covers only $2,084,
"We need to generate local funds to break even," Pence said.
Hackler said the village was just in the information-gathering phase of the issue.