SEVERE WX : Freeze Watch View Alerts

Tippecanoe County pulls out of Dayton TIF district

The surveying work for this project has already been completed, and since the town pulled out, they will have to pay for all of the surveying work that has been done.

Posted: Sep 22, 2020 12:10 AM
Updated: Sep 22, 2020 10:35 AM

DAYTON, Ind. (WLFI)- A TIF district in Dayton is on its way to becoming smaller. On Monday, the Tippecanoe County Commissioners voted to move their portion of a TIF they had with Dayton to an existing TIF in the southeast part of the county. According to the county, the Yost Drive TIF development has been a need in the community of Dayton for years.

"This road has been both in our long-range transportation plan and the joint Dayton land use plan for over 30 years," said Sallie Fahey the Executive Director for the Area Plan Commission Tippecanoe County

The TIF would have extended Yost Drive from State Road 38 north to Haggerty Lane. While the project was on its way to becoming a reality a vote that came from the Dayton town board has changed all that. The Dayton town board voted to table the project for two years.

Eighty percent of the project would have been funded through federal aid and the other twenty percent would have been funded by the town of Dayton. Now that the town of Dayton has voted to table the project for two years, the county has decided to move their portion of the Yost Drive TIF district into a different district.

Since the project is on hold, the TIF is not generating any revenue, so the county says it did not make sense for them to continue to keep their portion of the TIF there. However, the surveying work for this project has already been completed, and since the town pulled out, they will have to pay for all of the surveying work that has been done.

"Because the town of Dayton has pulled out of the project the town of Dayton will have to reimburse the feds the 80 percent they paid for the surveying,” said Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tom Murtaugh. “So, the town will have to pay 100 percent of the surveying work that has already been completed."

According to Murtaugh, the town of Dayton will now owe 40,628 dollars to the federal government, and originally they would have only had to pay twenty percent of that.

"I think this will have a long-reaching impact for generations it was a very poor decision on the town board’s part and I feel bad it happened for the citizens of Dayton," said Ashley Stevenson a Dayton Town Board Member.
Stevenson is the only member of the Dayton Town Board who voted to move forward with the project. Town Board President Ron Koehler says even though their decision is costing taxpayer’s money now the rest of the board feels in the end they will save taxpayer dollars.

"I think we are going to save a lot of money in the long run and not lose money and we will make that money up by not completing a project that we don't even know what all our costs are and how much of a return it will be," said Koehler.

However, county officials say this decision could cost Dayton more money if the project never happens.

"There is the potential that if the project is never built that even the federal money that would have gone to construction might have to be paid back,” said Fahey. “That's an issue that will have to be crossed down the road."
Commissioner Murtaugh says Dayton's decision to table the project is costing the county too. The 300,000 dollars they had dedicated to that project can now no longer be used in 2020.

Lafayette
Partly Cloudy
62° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 62°
Kokomo
Partly Cloudy
60° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 60°
Rensselaer
Cloudy
57° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 57°
Lafayette
Partly Cloudy
62° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 62°
Danville
Partly Cloudy
59° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 59°
Frankfort
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 59°
Frankfort
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 59°
Monticello
Partly Cloudy
59° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 59°
Monticello
Partly Cloudy
59° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 59°
Logansport
Partly Cloudy
59° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 59°
Mild Monday Before Snow And Freezing Conditions
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 708067

Reported Deaths: 13224
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion964881721
Lake51704945
Allen39185672
Hamilton34497405
St. Joseph34075540
Elkhart27306432
Vanderburgh22077394
Tippecanoe21818212
Porter17940299
Johnson17526374
Hendricks16803310
Clark12688190
Madison12350337
Vigo12211244
Monroe11462166
LaPorte11140204
Delaware10356184
Howard9662211
Kosciusko9127114
Hancock7979139
Bartholomew7888155
Warrick7684155
Floyd7560176
Wayne6899198
Grant6842171
Boone6552100
Morgan6395138
Dubois6084117
Marshall5783108
Dearborn570076
Cass5684102
Henry5577100
Noble542483
Jackson493269
Shelby479095
Lawrence4342118
Gibson428789
Harrison428170
Clinton419053
Montgomery417986
DeKalb410984
Whitley379639
Huntington379480
Miami372565
Knox366389
Steuben365257
Putnam352660
Jasper350546
Wabash347778
Adams337952
Ripley334668
Jefferson313180
White308354
Daviess289299
Wells286381
Decatur278992
Fayette277162
Greene270685
Posey268833
Scott261153
Clay253444
LaGrange253070
Randolph235680
Washington230931
Spencer227931
Jennings224747
Fountain208745
Sullivan207842
Starke204352
Owen192256
Fulton191739
Jay186129
Carroll185820
Perry180336
Orange177853
Rush170724
Vermillion166043
Franklin165635
Tipton160943
Parke144616
Blackford133831
Pike130334
Pulaski113645
Newton103934
Brown100140
Crawford97614
Benton97113
Martin82815
Warren79615
Switzerland7698
Union69910
Ohio55811
Unassigned0409

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events