Commissioners vote to proceed with TIF districts

The Clermont County Commissioners quietly voted over three sessions to approve plans to proceed with a series of residential tax increment financing districts that will span three Clermont County townships.

The move to create the TIF districts for residential infrastructure development was hotly debated for a number of weeks as other public entities, such as Batavia Township and the Central Joint Fire and EMS department, expressed their disapproval of the TIF concept. The TIF, they said, would negatively impact their jurisdictions for the period of the TIF, in this case 30 years.

On Dec. 15, the first step in the final TIF process began when the commissioners approved a development plan, and then a number of the individual districts that would then fall under the TIF plan. Andrew Kuchta, Clermont County Director of Economic Development, presented the resolution to the commissioners.