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TIF ban overturned in Boone County


The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Columbia in the ongoing battle over tax increment financing districts.

In 2009, the City of Columbia created three TIF projects, which included the Regency and Tiger Hotels, but the 10th and Locust Redevelopment Plan never came into being. In 2013, the City began looking at a TIF district for central Columbia.

In January 2014, the Boone County Commission sent a letter demanding the city stop any plans for a TIF district. In February, the Commission filed an action against the city, which resulted in a five year ban on tax increment financing districts issued by Judge Gary Oxenhandler.

In it’s decision Tuesday, the Appeals court judges ruled that the attorney for the Commission, C.J. Dykhouse, lacked the authority to challenge the city. The judges ordered that the case go back to the circuit court for immediate dismissal.

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