Monday, August 03, 2015
Brewer Says New TIF Districts Needed To End Indy's Food Deserts In Low-Income Neighborhoods
Indianapolis Republican mayoral candidate Chuck Brewer's response to the recent announcement the Double 8 was closing all of its grocery stores in inner city neighborhoods is that the City needs to create more TIF districts for low-income neighborhoods. If it worked for downtown, why wouldn't it work for those neighborhoods Brewer asked.
Republican Councilor Christine Scales has been fighting for years to bring a TIF district to a low-income neighborhood in her district, Avondale Meadows. Her efforts were stymied by Republican and Democratic council members and the Ballard administration. Now that they finally agreed to establish a TIF district in that low-income neighborhood at long last, the Ballard administration further stalled it by saying more time was needed to study the boundaries for creating it.
Instead of creating TIF districts in low-income neighborhoods, the mayor and the council chose to expand the City's permanent, downtown TIF area and create a behemoth of a TIF district in the so-called midtown area on the City's north side where development was already taking place without TIF incentives. Why? Because that's where their campaign contributors want them to invest your tax dollars.