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Well-heeled cities and developers keep TIF reform at bay

"The number of municipalities, the balkanization of the county, just makes the situation worse," says Forlaw. "Local municipalities are competing with one another to capture sales-tax dollars. There's no question about that."

For the foreseeable future, unless TIF obstructionists want to try a Tiananmen Square action by going one-on-one with a bulldozer, they'll have to grab a petition and start knocking on doors. Harass your local councilperson or mayor, but don't look for help from Clayton or Jefferson City.

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