The City of South Bend is proposing adjustments to its TIF Districts. These adjustments will add or remove several properties from these districts. Please see the map and FAQ below for additional information.
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a way to provide funding for economic development purposes by capturing the growth in property taxes generated by new development.
What can TIF be used for?
TIF revenues can be used to pay for local public improvements needed to encourage private development or to facilitate additional development in the TIF area. Examples of how TIF may be used include:
Provision for public works improvements to infrastructure, such as streets and roads, sidewalks, curbs, water mains, storm drains, sewers and other utilities, lighting, traffic controls, and landscaping of public spaces and rights-of-way. (examples include Western Avenue Streetscape)
Provision for other public facilities and improvements (examples include Howard Park Renovation and Main Library Expansion)
Property acquisition and the assemblage of properties to facilitate new development and/or the location of new public facilities (fire stations, parks, etc.)
Rehabilitation or demolition of built structures. (Examples include LaSalle Apartments and Charles Black Center)
Why are the TIF district boundaries being adjusted?
By adjusting the TIF boundaries, it is possible the for City to fund current and future priorities and planning initiatives in different areas throughout the city.
What is the effect on my property by being within a TIF district?
Will my property taxes increase and/or tax rate (property valuation) change because of these TIF adjustments?
No. Being within a TIF District has no direct impact on the amount of property taxes paid by an owner.
Will the City be buying my property?
No. Being in a TIF district does not impact property ownership or mean that the City wants to purchase your property.
Will the permitted use of my property change?
No. Being within a TIF District has no impact on the property’s zoning.
Does TIF take away money from the Schools?
No. If the increased assessed value from new developments would not occur ‘but for’ the TIF incentives, then it cannot be ‘lost’ to other taxing units.
For more information please contact the Department of Community Investment at 574-235-5847.
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