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TIFs = Higher Taxes without Representation or Growth to show for it

This is the conclusion from “Tax Increment Financing Growth in Iowa” by Dave Swenson and Liesl Eathington, Department of Economics, Iowa State University, April, 2006. Tax Increment Finance districts are a large and rapidly growing component of Iowa’s economic development infrastructure and its property tax base. This report shows that the amount of valuation contained within TIF districts is, in the […]

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TIF Abuse and Tax Reform Resources

The Iowa Fiscal Partnership (IFP) is fighting for TIF reform in Iowa because TIFs have gotten out of control in Iowa cities.  The IFP notes that in the 1980s, “Iowa cities were allowed to start using TIF for economic development, broadly defined,” instead of being restricted to renewal projects for old housing stock and commercial […]

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The important difference between a street and a road

In this TED talk Minnesotan and executive director of Strong Towns Chuck Marohn explains the difference between a road, which is a connection to two place and a street, which is a network of activity. Too often they have been melded together in a hybrid monster Marohn calls a “Stroad.” He stresses the importance of returning proper roads […]

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What’s a TIF?

This short video by the North Dakota Policy Council describes what tax increment financing is along with its origins and the problems associated with it.

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The Growth Ponzi Scheme

This article is by Chuck Marohn, director of in Minnesota and is reprinted here with his permission. Learn more at and check out their weekly podcast show. We often forget that the American pattern of suburban development is an experiment, one that has never been tried anywhere before. We assume it is the natural order because […]

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