Geneva has their crown jewel in Third Street. Well planned, well thought out and very profitable.
St. Charles has a crown jewel in its riverfront. Yet as you walk on the east side of the river from Main Street you find two of the most lucrative and picturesque properties are both city buildings right on the river.
The city doesn't pay property tax on the city hall building and neither does the police department. Neither of those entities generates any sales tax either while occupying the most coveted land in the city.
Now to make it worse the city council just approved a parking lot expansion between these two nontax-generating buildings.
Where is the leadership in this town? City buildings should be located in the worst part of town and let some restaurant or shops pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for the property the city currently occupies and generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue from sales. Time to put out the for-sale sign.