Amid Federal Investigation of City, Former Mayor John Marks Registers as a City Lobbyist

Amid Federal Investigation of City, Former Mayor John Marks Registers as a City Lobbyist

Tallahassee Reports has learned that the law firm owned by former City of Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, Marks and Marks, LLC., has recently registered to lobby the City of Tallahassee. The individual listed as the lobbyist on the city website is John R. Marks. The Marks law firm is registered to represent Boodskapper LLC, a […]

Downtown Development Seeks $9.6 Million CRA Tax Break

Downtown Development Seeks $9.6 Million CRA Tax Break

Tallahassee Reports has learned that a proposed development located in downtown Tallahassee at 227 S. Calhoun Street is seeking a $9.6 million refund of post-construction property tax from the downtown Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). At the July 19th CRA Board meeting staff was directed not to bring any additional large-scale Downtown District projects to the […]

Commissioner Dozier Defends Property Purchase from CRA Developer After Vote

Commissioner Dozier Defends Property Purchase from CRA Developer After Vote

On October 23rd, 2014, the Community Redevelopment Agency voted 7-1 to provide IB Tallahassee, LLC, as the owner of the Doubletree Hotel at Adams Street, up to $682,000 in CRA grant funds. Among those elected officials that voted for the grant was Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier. Less than three months later, public records show […]

Gateway Building Will Not Repay Public Dollar Investment Until 2040

Gateway Building Will Not Repay Public Dollar Investment Until 2040

Tallahassee Reports has learned that the $1.4 million in public funds provided to the owners of the Gateway Building, home to Walgreens until February 21st, will not be completely recovered through property taxes until approximately 2040. This finding is based on financial information provided to TR by officials at the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). To […]