Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone

What is a Tax Increment Financing Zone?
Tax increment financing is an economic development tool available to local governments to finance needed public improvements within a defined area. The improvements usually are undertaken to promote the viability of existing businesses and to attract new commercial enterprises to the area. The cost of improvements to the area is repaid by the contribution of future tax revenues by each taxing unit that levies taxes against the property. Specifically, each taxing unit can choose to dedicate all, a portion of, or none of the tax revenue that is attributable to the increase in property values due to the improvements within the reinvestment zone.

The Flower Mound Tax Increment Financing Zone


The Town of Flower Mound established its tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ) in September 2005 to provide funds for public infrastructure within the Town’s FM 2499 corridor. The TIRZ consists of approximately 1,465 acres and ad valorem tax revenues collected above the base value established in 2005 go toward funding proposed improvement projects over a 20-year period. 
 
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Consulting Contract (for TIRZ Feasibility Study)
Awarded to Hawes Hill & Assoc. with George Schrader (August 6, 2018)

In the fall of 2017, in conjunction with the zoning application for the Lakeside Village development (32-acre mixed-use development), Realty Capital requested the Town’s consideration of the creation of a potential Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) to assist in the acceleration of development of Lakeside Village, specifically related to the infrastructure. At that time, the Town did not wish to pursue the TIRZ discussion until a land use decision had been reached and a need definitively existed. On April 16, 2018, Town Council approved the zoning request, which paved the way for further TIRZ discussions with Council during their Strategic Planning Session in July, where the process, costs, benefits, etc. of a TIRZ, were evaluated. Based on Council’s direction from the Strategic Planning Session and action taken by the Council on August 6, 2018, the Town entered into a consulting contract with Hawes Hill & Associates (with George Schrader) to conduct a feasibility study. 

The subject consulting contract in no way obligates the Town to create a TIRZ, but will provide the Town with the financial data needed to evaluate the feasibility of the TIRZ as it relates to development in this area. 

For additional information, please view the August 6, 2018 Staff presentation to Town Council below.