The City of Morris is set to pump nearly $15,000 into the budget of the Grundy County Historical Society (GCHS) to aid with safety upgrades.
The Morris City Council recently signed off on the arrangement, with the $14,845 set to come from the TIF (tax increment financing) District Special Tax Allocation Fund for improvements.
According to the Morris Herald-News, among the planned upgrades are a new sprinkler system plus other renovations. Primarily operating on volunteer service hours and donations, the museum managed to open a new wing and add several new exhibits in the spring.
"This is a redevelopment agreement, via a grant, to help with security with regard to fire alarm, smoke alarm and a security system," Morris Mayor Richard Kopczick told the Herald-News.
Tax increment financing is a tool relied on by taxing bodies to direct percentages of property tax dollars for projects on properties that exist within a given district.