You've come to the right place. Whether you are a property owner within the affected area or a city council, a tax increment financing lawyer can help.
Tax increment financing (TIF) lawyers help structure and negotiate the redevelopment, re-use and improvement of blighted urban areas and undeveloped "greenspace" though tax increment financing -- a special means to pay for project costs.
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