How Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts Correlate with Taxable Properties

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 Last revised: 10 Aug 2016

Randall K. Johnson

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Date Written: July 12, 2013

Abstract

This article deals with Tax Increment Financing (TIF), which is a popular economic development tool. TIF borrows against future tax revenues to subsidize current development projects. In Illinois, this economic development tool is justified by its promise to expand the local tax base: by increasing tax revenues, increasing the number of tax payers or increasing the number of taxable properties in the area. However, it is not clear that TIF delivers on its promise. A new dataset, which is introduced in this article, helps to clarify the issue. It does so by providing information about the number of TIF Districts in suburban Cook County, Illinois, the number of taxable properties therein and the nature of the relationship between these variables. If these variables move together, which would indicate that TIF Districts positively correlate with taxable properties, this article will find that TIF delivers on its promise.

Keywords: Tax Increment Financing, Cook County, Illinois

JEL Classification: H2

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Randall K., How Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts Correlate with Taxable Properties (July 12, 2013). 34 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 39 (2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2293161

Randall K. Johnson (Contact Author)

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