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Work begins to fix underground mine in Shiloh: Taxpayers expected to pay

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Taxpayers are possibly expected to pay for restoration of sinking underground mine in Shiloh's Greenmount Crossing Shopping Center Taxpayers are possibly expected to pay for restoration of sinking underground mine in Shiloh's Greenmount Crossing Shopping Center

SHILOH (KMOV.com) – There are mixed feelings about a new tax to help fix a Shiloh shopping center above an underground mine that might go through without taxpayers approval.  

“The owners should be responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the structure,” said Chris Urba, Greenmount Center shopper. While another shopper, Ron Hollenkamp, said, "If they decide a one percent would solve the problem then fine, i have no problem with that." 

About six months ago, the businesses of Shiloh’s Greenmount Center are suffering serious damages to the inside flooring and walls due a shifting underground mine.

Last month, Shiloh started the process of creating a special business district for the shopping center, which would impose a one percent tax increase to help pay for the work.

The Mayor of the Village of Shiloh, James Vernier, said, “The developers took a chance and it’s a very big expense to remediate mines, so they saved themselves several million dollars by not doing it then. Unfortunately, it’s a gamble on whether or not it’s going to sink or not, and unfortunately it didn’t work out so well on us this time.”

Others also wonder about insurance. Officials say that the developers do have mine subsidence insurance but it is nowhere near enough to cover the cost. The cost and how much the city will pay is still to be decided while the work is underway.

More information is to be expected at the December Village board meeting. 

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