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Local Representatives in this area:

Groveland Twp

Representative Joseph Graves
S-985 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909
JosephGraves@house.mi.gov

Ortonville/Brandon Twp

Representative Brad Jacobsen
N-895 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
LANSING, MI 48933
BradJacobsen@house.mi.gov

Clarkston

Representative Jim Tedder
N-892 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909
JimTedder@house.mi.gov

SAMPLE LETTER

Representative Brad Jacobsen
N-895 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
LANSING, MI 48933
BradJacobsen@house.mi.gov

Dear Representative Jacobsen:

Strong downtowns are a key component in a comprehensive approach to economic development. Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a critical tool in keeping our downtowns strong. TIF is one of the primary funding mechanisms used by Downtown Development Authorities (DDAs) across Michigan.

Currently, there is discussion amongst some State legislators to compromise the effectiveness of this tool. This will not only impact DDAs, but also other economic development authorities that utilize TIF as a funding source to stimulate private investment. Other potentially impacted authorities are Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities, Local Development Finance Authorities and Corridor Improvement Authorities.

Keep in mind that TIF is not an additional tax and that altering TIF enabling legislation will not reduce any property owners’ tax burden. The purpose of TIF is to allow local governments the ability to establish “authorities” that capture a portion of collected tax dollars and reinvest those taxes dollars in the same geography where they were captured. TIF is one of the few economic development tools given to local communities; where the taxes are captured locally and spent locally.

In 2015, Ortonville reported:

·       $78,600 in Private Investment
·       3 new businesses
·       24 new jobs
·       $13,946 Monetary and In-Kind Sponsorship
·       1,957 volunteer hours

As you can see, Ortonville is seeing great economic success. Local governments, business and residents all benefit from the use of TIF to stimulate investment. This powerful economic development tool has been in place since 1975, let’s not “fix” something that’s not broken.

Sincerely,