2019-01-09 / Local News

Commissioners searching for citizens interested in serving on TIF Boards

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

The first meeting in January for the Carroll County Commissioners and other governmental entities usually consists of organizing for the upcoming year. Commissioners Steve Pearson, Bill Brown and newly-elected (and former Commissioner) Loren Hylton met Monday morning to make appointments to various boards and committees. In many instances, the same community members were merely re-appointed, but that did not hold true for all.

Commissioners received a letter from the Carroll County Redevelopment Commission and the Carroll County Redevelopment Authority’s attorney Barry Emerson, requesting the same people be re-appointed to the two separate entities. Those include Larry Trapp, Michelle Cox and Monty Edging on the RDC and Jay Bush, Karyl Traeger and Pat Clawson on the Authority.

However, after learning there was no effort to solicit other interested community members for the six appointments, Commissioners decided to delay making the recommended appointments to discover if other community members might be interested in serving on one of the two boards.

The Redevelopment Commission (RDC) is responsible for managing the Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) district property south of Delphi, which encompasses Indiana Packers Corporation (IPC) and another 62 acres on the west side of US421, on which Carroll/White REMC has a building. The RDC captures real property and personal property tax revenue for any improvements, such as buildings and machinery, in the TIF District. The RDC makes policy and spending decisions. A complete listing of the duties of the RDC can be found in the Indiana Code at IC 36-7-14-11. Powers of the RDC can be found at IC 6-7- 14-12.2.

The Redevelopment Authority is charged with ensuring enough money is contained in the appropriate bank accounts and to guarantee bills are paid by the County Auditor’s Office. A full description of the duties of the Redevelopment Authority can be found in the Indiana Statute at IC 36-7-14.5-11.

According to county financial records in the Auditor’s office, the RDC received $444,929.48 in tax revenue from the spring settlement and $446,519.80 from the fall settlement for a total of $891,449.28 in tax revenue in 2018. The grand total of tax revenue funds the group manages is $3,956,805.12, which includes $964,937.59 in savings, a $2 million certificate of deposit, $331,062.98 in a ‘reserve fund’ and $660,804.55 in a fund restricted to paying claims.

Commissioners urged interested community members to submit letters of interest to Auditor Beth Myers before the Feb. 4 regularly scheduled bi-monthly meeting. Those interested are also invited to attend the meeting and discuss their interest in person with the Commissioners.

Questions about the RDC or the Redevelopment Authority can be addressed to Myers at (765) 564-3172 or by email at auditor@carrollcountyin. gov.

In addition, Commissioners are to appoint a member of the Delphi Community School Corporation Board as a non-voting member of the RDC. School Board members interested in the post should also contact Myers.

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