TIFA (Tax Increment Financing Authority)

What Is TIFA?

TIFA is an acronym for Tax Increment Financing Authority.

The Hart Tax Increment Financing Authority (TIFA) is a funding tool administered to help catalyze public and private investment in Downtown Hart. Funds support real private property improvements, build streets and public infrastructure, as well as maintain and expand parks and other public amenities.

Established by City Council in 1983 under state law, the Hart TIFA's principal source of funding revenue is generated by increasing property values within the TIFA district. City Council annually approves the budget. The Board of Directors who are appointed by the Mayor with concurrence from the City Council governs the Hart. The Board meets monthly.

Property Improvement Grant

Financial assistance is available to commercial and mixed-use property owners who wish to make physical improvements to the exterior of the building. The program requires your building is located in the City of Hart Tax Increment Finance Authority District.

It is a competitive matching grant program up to 50 percent of owner investment. The grant program is funded by the City of Hart TIFA with funds raised through its revenues. Grant applications will be reviewed by the City of Hart TIFA Board. There is no set minimum or maximum number of projects per year.


2022 Meeting Schedule

Hart's Tax Increment Finance Authority will meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm in the Community Center at 407 State Street. Meetings are open to the public.

The agenda for TIFA's public meetings stating the date, time, and place of the meeting will be posted on the city's website at least 18 hours before the meeting in accordance with the Open Meeetings Act of 267.


Freedom of Information

Michigan's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ensures public access to government records. Our FOIA Policy describes the process and expectations for the public to submit formal requests information. If you seek something specific, give us a call, we will help you find it.

Staff Contact Info

TIFA MapNichole Kleiner
407 State Street
Hart, MI 49420
(231) 923-0920

Board of Directors

Deborah Windell, Chair
Gale Goldberg, Vice Chair
Bill Hegg, Treasurer
Tracey Lipps, Member
Scott Hegg, Member
Amy Trudell, Member
Nichole Kleiner, Secretary

Fiscal Year Budget

TIFA's fiscal year budget is included in the City of Hart's fiscal year budget

Financial Audits

Annual Synopsis & Financial Reports

The format of these reports is presented consistent with state reporting standards.

Accomplishments, Projects, Investments, Events, and Campaigns

The following information was presented on 12/21/21 during an informational public hearing in compliance with PA 57. It outlines the authority’s accomplishments, projects, investments, events, and promotional campaigns for the immediately preceding fiscal year.

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City of Hart

407 State St. Map
Hart, Michigan 49420
Phone: 231-873-2488
Fax: 231-873-0100

City Manager: 231-873-3546
Clerk: 231-923-0012
Accounts Payable: 231-923-3837
Utilities: 231-923-3810
Hart Police Department: 231-923-0696 or 231-923-0851
Central Dispatch: 231-869-5858.

8:00a to 5:00p, Monday-Friday