Winnebago Co. board asked to reconsider $1.7 million Costco plan

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LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- A planned investment of $1.7 million for a Costco in Loves Park has been put on hold.

Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney has asked county board members late Thursday night to reconsider a plan to use "host fees" for funding the development of a Costco.

The board voted 11-8 in favor of the plan​ last month. The money was expected to be used for road upgrades around the future Costco site, in addition to demolition and relocation of Cream City Stateline Scale.

Haney cited several factors leading to his request in a letter, including concerns from several nearby area mayors, development of other long-term economic projects and millions of dollars the city faces in deferred capital.

The "host tax" issue is up for reconsideration at the next county board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13.