Tax Increment Financing – despite being the subject of much debate in our community – is often not well understood. Depending on the specific project, and whom you ask about it, TIF is an essential mechanism for Missoula to stimulate much-needed economic development in areas where it wouldn’t otherwise occur, or a giveaway to developers that strains city services without providing a corresponding public benefit. City Club Missoula’s June 8 forum will tackle TIF, first with an explanation from University of Montana law professor Pippa Browde about how the tool is intended to work, followed by presentations from a TIF advocate – Missoula Mayor John Engen – and a TIF critic, local Realtor and former State Representative Adam Hertz. City Club attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions during a moderated discussion.
Pippa Browde, Professor of Law, Alexander Blewett III School of Law, University of Montana
John Engen, Mayor, City of Missoula
Adam Hertz, real estate developer and Realtor, ERA Lambros Real Estate
Jill Valley, News Anchor, KPAX