The City of Clare formed a Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) in 2014 the purpose of which is to provide for the acquisition, construction, installation and financing of certain public facilities as allowed within the LDFA Act necessary for the development of the LDFA District. An LDFA is a tax increment financing authority authorized under Public Act 281 of 1986 for the economic development or redevelopment of a specifically defined geographic area. Property taxes which are captured by the LDFA are only on the increased value of the developed and improved industrial property and they can only be used for the purpose of paying for the public facility improvements necessary for the development of the industrial park as defined within the LDFA Plan.
The Board of Directors of the City's LDFA is comprised of eleven members, seven appointed by the Mayor, one from the Clare County Board of Commissioners, two from Clare Public Schools and one from Mid Michigan Community College. The geographic District of the City of Clare's Local Development Finance Authority consists of the entire sixty (60) acre North Industrial Park located on Colonville Road. The LDFA Board of Directors meets on at least an annual basis.
LDFA highlights in 2020 included:
Within 2020 another business (County Wide Septic) purchased property and constructed a new 15,000 square foot building within the City of Clare’s North Industrial Park. With this addition the North Industrial Park only has approximately four acres of buildable land within the entire 60 acre industrial park. The adjoining 140 property that is zoned for commercial development also completed a major $2,000,000 infrastructure investment of roads, water, sewer and stormwater mains. The new roads connect to the main roadway within the North Industrial Park providing another entrance and exit point to the park.
LDFA Activities and Highlights – 2018 and 2019
The Clare Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) was established to support economic development, facilitate growth, nurture existing and new industrial businesses, and finance needed development projects within Clare’s North Industrial Park.
Due to extremely limited, eligible tax increment capture precluded the LDFA from making any notable contributions to those goals during the past two-year period. However, the LDFA Board met once in 2018 in accordance with its established by-laws to elect officers and review its approved development plan.
The LDFA met twice in 2019 to ensure compliance with the newly established Public Act 57 requirements mandating that all tax increment finance authorities conduct two annual public meetings and notify all affected taxing jurisdictions of the meetings. During these meetings representatives of two of the taxing authorities were present and offered their continued support of the LDFA. Though available funds are limited the LDFA remains committed and ready to fulfill the primary tenets of its approved development plan.