The TIFs of the 50th Ward

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The TIF Illumination Project - http://www.tifreports.com - visited the 50th Ward on June 11, 2013.

If you would like your own copy of this presentation that shows all the data from this ward as well as examples from the TIF Hall of Shame, please visit The TIF Data Store @ http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Data-Store. The TIF Illumination Project is 100% volunteer driven but we have serious monthly expenses to operate the CivicLab, our home, plus we’d like to build an online platform to make this information easy to access. Thanks!

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The TIFs of the 50th Ward

  1. 1. West Rogers Park Community Organization West Rogers Park 99% Group IVI-IPO Far North Chapter June 11, 2013 Tom Tresser
  2. 2. 2 www.civiclab.us
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  4. 4. In the evening – open enrollment workshops on all things civic... 4 “TIF 101” “Vegan Cooking”
  5. 5. Watch the 2 ½ minute promo @ http://tinyurl.com/TIF-101-promo-YT 5
  6. 6. 6 What are TIFs?
  7. 7. 7 What are TIFs? • Created by municipality (state statute) • Boundaries cross political and community boundaries • Designed to subsidize some business project in “blighted” or under-served area • Captures “incremental” property taxes ABOVE base when district was created • Lasts 23 years
  8. 8. 8 What are TIFs? Under state law, areas proposed for TIF designation must possess numerous blighting factors to be eligible: • Age • Obsolescence • Code violations • Excessive vacancies • Overcrowding of facilities
  9. 9. Better Government Association 9
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  11. 11. 11 How Do TIFs Work? When the TIF is created, the city tallies up all the property taxes generated by district in that year (called the "base" amount). After that, all property tax increases above the base (the "increment") are channeled to the TIF district. The property taxes collected from properties inside the district BEFORE the district was created that go to units of government stays FLAT for the life of the TIF (23 years).
  12. 12. 12 Where are TIFs? • All over Chicago and Cook County = 443 TIFs in 2011 • 163 in city of Chicago • Additional 280 in suburban Cook County
  13. 13. Where are TIFs? TIF 101 13
  14. 14. 14 Where are TIFs? Source: Cook County Clerk
  15. 15. 15 How Much Revenue Do TIFs Collect? Source: Cook County Clerk
  16. 16. 16 How Much Revenue Do TIFs Collect? 2011 TOTAL TIF REVENUE FOR COOK COUNTY City of Chicago TIFs diverted $454 MILLION Suburban Cook County where 83 municipalities have TIFs TIFs diverted $275 MILLION TOTAL FOR 2011 = $729 MILLION
  17. 17. How Much Revenue Do TIFs Collect? TIFs extracted $454 million in 2011. That # is 53% of the TOTAL amount of property taxes that went to the city for its operations! TIF 101 17
  18. 18. • We are told that TIFs have NO impact on our property taxes. • This bill is from a property inside the Englewood TIF. • It shows “0.00” impact on this person’s bill. Nothing.
  19. 19. 19 The civics books say our property taxes are distributed like this… But in 2011 our property taxes in Chicago were REALLY distributed like this…
  20. 20. How Much Revenue Do TIFs Collect? Ouch! $4.5 BILLION DIVERTED 1986 -- 2011 TIF 101 20
  21. 21. 21 How Much Revenue Do TIFs Collect?
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  23. 23. 23 Click here to open the 163 PDF annual reports. One by one.
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  26. 26. 26 THE CITY HAD $1.7 BILLION IN UNSPENT TIF FUNDS AT THE END OF 2011!
  27. 27. 27 What are TIFs?
  28. 28. You can get presentations from ALL our TIF Illuminations online at the TIF Data Store at http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Data-Store. These presentations will tell you: - how many TIFs in the ward - estimation of TIF property tax extraction from TIFs in the ward for latest year - if a TIF is 100% or close to 100% in ward, lifetime property tax extraction - how much money left in those TIF accounts FROM the ward - what projects funded by TIFs in the ward - examples from the TIF Hall of Shame If this information is valuable to you, please sign up for our mailing list at http://tinyurl.com/SignUp-CivicLab. If you are in Chicago and need a place to work - consider co-working at the Lab! Please support the work of the CivicLab by making a deductible contribution via our fiscal agent, the Investigative News Network, at http://tinyurl.com/SupportTheLab-INN. 28 Find out more - info@civiclab.us.
  29. 29. 29 www.civiclab.us www.tifreports.com

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