Red Wing’s attempt to help shoe company gets tied up

Last year, Red Wing officials made a nice contribution to Red Wing Shoe Co.’s efforts to expand its downtown store, but now there are problems with the complex financial deal.

According to the Red Wing Republican Eagle, the deal involves $300,000 from the Red Wing Port Authority and Housing Redevelopment Authority. The money was to be repaid from the additional property taxes generated by the expansion.

Now they find, though, that the expanded store’s assessment isn’t high enough to generate those additional property tax dollars. And city officials just realized the deal was written to repay only the $300,000 principal to the loan funds, not the $113,000 interest that would accrue over 15 years.

City Council members must now decide how to deal with the situation.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Jordan Anderson on 09/20/2010 - 02:49 pm.

    this is too perfect. the port authority in red wing is the most useless government body that could possibly exist. and the taxpayers have to continually pay for their baffoonery. they cost us more money than they are worth. it’s time to cut this program off and bid it a not so fond farewell.

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