Hopkins Township DDA

Hopkins Township Tax Increment Financing and Development Plan

Meeting Dates


The DDA tax increment financing mechanism allows for the capture of the incremental growth of local property taxes over a period of time to fund public infrastructure improvements. A community can capture property taxes which would have otherwise been paid to entities such as the library, community college and county, and instead use them for public improvements in targeted areas. By borrowing against the future tax increments, the DDA is able to fund large-scale projects, which can lead to new development opportunities within the downtown. In addition to the financing mechanism, the DDA structure results in the creation of a public board dedicated solely to the improvement of the downtown.

Downtown Development Authority Board Powers:

• Prepare an analysis of economic changes taking place in the downtown district.

• Study and analyze the impact of metropolitan growth upon the downtown district.

• Plan and propose the construction, renovation, repair, remodeling, rehabilitation, restoration, preservation, or reconstruction of a public facility, an existing building, or a multiple-family dwelling unit which may be necessary or appropriate to the execution of a plan which, in the opinion of the board, aids in the economic growth of the downtown district.

• Plan, propose, and implement an improvement to a public facility within the development area to comply with the barrier free design requirements of the state construction code.

• Develop long-range plans, in cooperation with the agency which is chiefly responsible for planning in the municipality, designed to halt the deterioration of property values in the downtown district and to promote the economic growth of the downtown district, and take such steps as may be necessary to persuade property owners to implement the plans to the fullest extent possible.

• Implement any plan of development in the downtown district necessary to achieve the purposes of this act, in accordance with the powers of the authority as granted by this Act.

• Make and enter into contracts necessary or incidental to the exercise of its powers and the performance of its duties.

• Acquire by purchase or otherwise, on terms and conditions and in a manner the authority considers proper or own, convey, or otherwise dispose of, or lease as lessor or lessee, land and other property, real or personal, or rights or interests in property, which the authority determines is reasonably necessary to achieve the purposes of this act, and to grant or acquire licenses, easements, and options with respect to that property.

• Improve land and construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, restore and preserve, equip, improve, maintain, repair, and operate any building, including multiple-family dwellings, and any necessary or desirable appurtenances to that property, within the downtown district for the use, in whole or in part, of any public or private person or corporation, or a combination of them.

• Fix, charge, and collect fees, rents, and charges for the use of any building, property, or facility under its control and pledge the fees, rents, and charges for the payment of revenue bonds issued by the authority.

• Lease any building or property under its control, or any part of a building or property.

• Accept grants and donations of property, labor, or other things of value from a public or private source.

• Acquire and construct public facilities.

• Create, operate, and fund marketing initiatives that benefit only retail and general marketing of the downtown district.

• Contract for broadband service and wireless technology service in the downtown district.

• Create, fund and operate retail business incubators with preference given to tenants who would provide goods and/or services unavailable or underserved in the DDA area.

• Create, fund and operate a loan program to pay for improvements for existing buildings located in the DDA district in order to make them marketable for sale or lease. Loans could be at or below market rate.