Middlebury wants to use extra TIF revenues to advance its growth plan

The funds from a tax incremental financing district could be used to improve the town’s north and east entryways.

(Miriam Nowak/The Elkhart Truth)

Posted on Aug. 28, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.

MIDDLEBURY — About half a million dollars left over in the Middlebury East tax incremental financing district could be used to improve entrances into the town.

Middlebury’s comprehensive plan and county representatives will meet on Sept. 4 to discuss how to best use the money, the Middlebury Redevelopment Commission learned recently.

The commission wants to use the money to implement unfunded projects in Middlebury’s comprehensive strategic growth plan.

Middlebury Town Manager Mark Salee invited commissioners to bring their ideas to the Sept. 4 meeting. The funds could be used to improve the town’s north and east entrances.

The Elkhart County Redevelopment Commission created the Middlebury East TIF district several years ago to help the town improve infrastructure on the north end of Middlebury near the Meijer plant. Some of the TIF revenue is being used for water system improvements and to pay on the bond Middlebury has for its wastewater system improvements, but the fund has about $500,000 dollars that have not been allotted to a project.

In other business:

  • The commission heard that bids were opened on Aug. 27 for Middlebury’s water main extension project to the Elroy Drive industrial park area and the water booster station project for the Highland Hills neighborhoods. The bids are being reviewed and will be awarded at the Middlebury Town Council meeting on Sept. 2.
  • Salee told the commission that the county redevelopment commission is moving ahead with creating a TIF district north of Middlebury at C.R. 2 and S.R. 13 called the Middlebury Interchange TIF. The TIF district is needed to fund sewer service and road improvements to facilities that want to expand. Sewer services will be provided by White Pigeon, Mich., through an interlocal agreement.

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