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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Items of interest from village staff and recent board meetings

  • Developer Steve Horve, owner of Homewood Suites, spoke to trustees at the Nov. 2 board meeting. He urged caution and offered skepticism regarding the recent sports complex proposal and the firm that pitched the idea. Horve voiced concerns about the company, Game On Sports Development, and the potential scope of the project, saying: “It doesn’t pass the smell test with me.” Horve also expressed his reservations about a development that might harm an already-struggling Decatur Park District. Regarding the hotel/motel tax hike coming in January, he encouraged trustees to have a business plan for the additional funds that will be paid when the rate increases from 3 percent to 5 percent. Horve said he thought the lower tax rate had been an advantage for hotel owners. From just his hotel alone, he estimated about $176,000 will be paid in hotel/motel taxes next year.
  • Community and Economic Development Coordinator Emily Prather reported to trustees on Oct. 19 that she is trying to share more news with the public via the village’s Facebook page. She asked board members to “like” the village’s Facebook page and to invite their Facebook friends to do the same in order to increase the audience she’ll be promoting events to in the coming months.
  • The next regular meeting of the Forsyth Board of Trustees is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall at 301 S. Route 51 in Forsyth. Board meetings are held the first and third Mondays of the month and are open to the public.

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