Evansville approves enterprise zone, still unsure of camping

An enterprise zone application and ongoing issues were the hot topics at Monday night’s Evansville Village Board meeting.

Many other communities in both Randolph and Monroe Counties have joined together for an application group to apply for an enterprise zone designation. Communities already in the group include Red Bud, Chester, Sparta, Waterloo, Columbia and Valmeyer.

There are approximately 100 enterprise zones in Illinois and they are granted by the state following an application process. These special zones allow communities, or regional areas, to award incentives including sales tax exemptions.

It would cost the village $6,000 to apply. The enterprise zones will be awarded in September 2019 and could be up and running by January 2020. Up to 13 zones will be awarded by the state this year and up to eight next year.

Village Clerk Bethany Wunderlich said the map that Evansville submitted would cover all existing businesses and leave room for expansion; however, that may not be the final map that is granted.

The board voted in favor of applying.

For more from the Evansville Board Meeting, please see this week’s print edition.