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WI Supreme Court hears arguments over Eau Claire TIF districts


(WQOW) - Friday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court heard arguments over the TIF districts created to fund the Confluence Project. 

Eau Claire advocacy group "Voters With Facts" filed the suit claiming the tax incremental finance (TIF) districts for the Confluence Project are illegal. 

The suit asked for the districts to be declared null, which would affect the city's contribution to the project. 

One of the group's main arguments revolves around the term "blight." It claims the city incorrectly used the term to amend TIF district 8 and create TIF district 10, but the ruling could impact every TIF district in Wisconsin.

"Look, you took our money and you gave it to a private developer, and you did it telling us that you weren't spending our money, that you were doing this because if you didn't do it, the tax increment would never be there," said an attorney representing Voters With Facts. "It seems to me that taxpayers ought to have an opportunity to challenge that that is stronger than Certiorari Review" 

Eau Claire Assistant City Attorney Douglas Hoffer argued for the city. 

No word on when we could get a ruling from the court. 

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