Tax Increment Financing

Overall Goals of the Use of Tax Increment Financing

The goals of the City of Sun Prairie’s use of TIF include:

  • The diversification of its economic base through the retention and expansion of existing businesses
  • The redevelopment of the areas that are blighted or in need of redevelopment
  • The attraction of new industrial uses and employment centers
  • The assistance to other projects of special community interest
  • The establishment of new employment opportunities for our residents
  • The expansion of our local tax base

It is not a goal of this policy to utilize TIF for the sole purpose of creating new retail opportunities. However TIF may be used for a project that includes a portion of new retail. Retail may be included or be the sole purpose for a redevelopment TIF area. In general the use of TIF for greenfield development will be limited to industrial or office developments or projects of special community interest.

These guidelines are intended to provide general direction on the creation of TIF districts and the use of TIF funds. The City recognizes that each development area and project is unique and should be considered on a case by case basis. The City Council may choose to deviate from these guidelines if appropriate for projects of special economic or community interest.

Eligible Projects

Types of projects eligible for consideration for financial assistance depend on the specific project plan for each TIF district. These have included but may not be limited to:

  • Construction of public water, sewer, storm water and roadway infrastructure
  • Land acquisition
  • Building demolition
  • Architectural enhancements
  • Planning and engineering studies
  • Direct economic incentive

Projects receiving any TIF assistance will be required to enter into a development agreement that will likely include minimum increment guarantees and deadlines for construction on the project.

Projects are more likely to get favorable consideration if they can receive their assistance over time as opposed to up front.


Full Adopted TIF Guidelines (PDF)