What is tax increment financing?
Tax increment financing (TIF) is a State-created method for local governments to use to increase funding options for eligible projects such as infrastructure improvements or other public improvements. TIF districts are created by action of the City Council, with project approval and oversight done by the Pocatello Development Authority. When a TIF is created, the base valuation is set at what the property assessment is for the current tax year. When improvements are made to property within the TIF district, the increase in tax revenue (and only the increase) from the increased valuation is given directly to the development authority for improvements in that area. Use of TIF funds does not reduce the current amount of tax dollars being forwarded to counties, school districts, or other taxing agencies. In fact, school districts do receive a portion of the increased tax revenue. Using TIF funds simply allows local governments to capture the increased tax revenue for use on projects that directly benefit the public.

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1. What is the zoning for my property?
2. Can I have a second dwelling unit in my home?
3. How close can I build to my property line?
4. How long does it take to get a building permit?
5. Do I have to have grass in the curb strip?
6. What is the difference between a regular house and a boarding house?
7. How do I know if a house has approval from the city to operate as a boarding house?
8. Does the city shutdown illegal boarding houses?
9. What are the most common reasons people call in boarding house complaints?
10. Can any house be converted to a boarding house?
11. I'm concerned about the junky property down the street. Are there laws about this sort of thing? Where can I complain?
12. Why does my house have a “code enforcement” case, when my neighbor's house is worse than mine?
13. Help, we're receiving notices of violation from the city's Code Enforcement Division. Can you help us somehow?
14. I've heard the city sometimes buys property in the central neighborhoods. Would you buy mine?
15. Aren't you guys the same as Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services?
16. The sidewalks in front of my home are dangerous. Can the city help with the repairs?
17. Help… I need an emergency repair at my home. Can you help?
18. I've heard the city provides special services for Senior Citizens. What help could I get for me or my elderly parents?
19. I've heard the city has neighborhood associations. How can I find out where and when mine meets?
20. I've been having financial difficulties lately and I need utility and rent assistance. Can the city help?
21. I want to sign up for federal housing assistance (a voucher) to help cover my rent. Can I sign up there at City Hall?
22. Why can't the city spend its federal Community Development Block Grant funding (about $600,000 annually) throughout the city?
23. What is tax increment financing?
24. How do I get my property listed on the National Register?
25. Where do I get more information?