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State lawmaker proposes bill to extend Marion TIF

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MARION -- A Marion business wants to expand but it needs some help.

Crisp Container creates plastic bottles for Pepsi MidAmerica.

Daniel Nalley, vice president of operations at Crisp Container, wants to buy a machine that creates the preforms so they don't have to import them.

"Some of those, we're purchasing all the way out of Canada so logistically it's hard to get them out here," Nalley said.

Operations Manager Amber Ciochetto also wants to build more around a nearby railway-- so they can use it to bring in more raw materials.

"And hopefully by utilizing it, we'll encourage other businesses in the area like Aisin to hopefully use the rail, too," Ciochetto said.

But that also means a multimillion dollar investment.

Marion leaders passed a Tax Increment Financing district to help the business expand in 1996 but that TIF is set to expire soon. They typically last 23 years unless state lawmakers grant an extension.

That's where Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) comes in. He filed a bill to extend the TIF for another 12 years.

"I think a TIF is vital to communities," Fowler said. "You have to create incentives to create new business, especially here in southern Illinois under these difficult economic times that we have."

Executives at Crisp Container believe their expansion would create dozens of jobs right away.

"We love Marion," Ciochetto said. "We want to see Marion grow."

Other taxing bodies like the school district have a say in whether the TIF gets extended but Fowler said all of the affected groups have signed on to the plan, so he doesn't expect any opposition.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the Marion TIF bill Tuesday and then the bill heads to the House.

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