Tax Increment Finance Authority (Monroe North TIFA)

The Monroe North Tax Increment Financing Authority (TIFA) is a funding tool Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. administers to help catalyze public and private investment in the Monroe North neighborhood. Funds go to support real private property improvements, build streets and public infrastructure, as well as maintain and expand parks and other public amenities.

Established by the City Commission in 1985 under state law, the Monroe North TIFA's principal source of funding revenue generated by increasing property values within the MNTIFA district. City Commission annually approves the budget. A 9-member Board of Directors appointed by the Mayor with concurrence from City Commission govern the Monroe North TIFA. The Board meets monthly on the second Wednesday. More details are on the City Clerk Page.

Board Members

  1. Howard Hansen, Chair


  2. Shaun P. Biel, Vice-Chair

    Spectrum Health

  3. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss

    City of Grand Rapids

  4. Diedre Deering

    West Michigan Literacy Center

  5. Kayem Dunn


  6. Jane Gietzen

    Spectrum Health

  7. Carl D. Kelly


  8. Mark Roys

    CSM Group

  9. Jim Talen

    Kent County Commissioner


Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Process

The City Commission on May 23, 2017 approved the Monroe North TIFA's budget recommendation for Fiscal Year 2018. The fiscal year runs from July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018.

Financial Audits

All financial audits are conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards in the United States of America.

Freedom of Information

Michigan's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ensures public access to government records. Our FOIA Procedures and Guidelines describe the process and expectations for the public to submit formal requests information. If you seek something specific, give us a call. We will help you find it.

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