Mini Quick Guide: Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Transparency

Attraction of new businesses, the retention or expansion of existing industries, and the necessity of creating and maintaining a quality place where people want to plant roots and thrive are just a few key challenges facing municipal officials. To support these efforts, the General Assembly has provided a variety of mechanisms to enable cities and towns to maintain and revitalize their communities. One of those tools is TIF. A common misconception of TIF is that it lacks transparency. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The Indiana General Assembly has instituted many reporting requirements, public meetings, neutralization measures, and termination dates that make TIF a remarkably transparent municipal finance and talent attraction option. This Aim Mini Quick Guide highlights these transparency measures. 

Housing Resource Guide

The inaugural Indiana Housing Guide is a joint effort of Aim, the Indiana Association of REALTORS® and other public, private and non-profit partners working in the housing sector. This Guide inventories the array of public incentives, financing mechanisms and various state and federal programs available to local elected officials, redevelopment commissions and other partners to expand housing supply to meet – and anticipate – demand.

Aim Budget Bulletin

Aim annually publishes a comprehensive guide to municipal budgeting, and each of our municipal members receives a copy of this valuable administrative resource. The 2023 Budget Bulletin is designed to assist city and town officials with the responsibility of developing and adopting a budget. The first section of this publication is a narrative that discusses some generalities of the Indiana municipal budget process, including how to determine expenses and revenues, and how to balance the budget. The text organizes the budget process into the logical steps that a municipality would take to reach the final adoption of a budget. Supplements follow to help with specific components of a municipal budget. All municipalities may not need to use the information provided in every supplement to complete a budget.

Guide to Public Purchasing

The 2021 Public Purchasing Guide provides a general guide to Indiana’s public procurement laws – specifically those statutes governing the purchase of goods and services. The publication is intended to provide members with a basic understanding of the procedures surrounding purchasing. The Purchasing Guide is for Indiana’s cities and towns, and for special purpose entities such as park districts, redevelopment districts, and storm water districts established by individual municipalities.

Protests & Public Safety: A Guide for Cities and Citizens

In the present moment, it is more important than ever that local jurisdictions understand their role in fostering First Amendment activity while protecting the safety of protesters and the public. Having developed a body of knowledge and proven results, the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection seeks to scale what it has learned by providing this toolkit of legal options. In it you will find legal principles, best practices, and creative solutions upon which local jurisdictions may draw to protect public safety while respecting constitutional rights during rallies, protests, and other public events. The toolkit offers detailed legal analysis suitable for municipal and state attorneys, as well as more general legal guardrails, best practices, and frequently asked questions intended to be more easily accessible to non-lawyer elected and appointed officials, concerned residents, and activists.

State of the Cities 2021, National League of Cities

State of the Cities 2021 examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated critical issues facing municipalities. Some key statistics describing the challenges that our cities face include: 39% of officials indicated that roads and bridges were experiencing declining quality over the past year; 63% of urban officials reported increases in homelessness; 37% of officials say affordable housing supply is the most prominent factor driving negative local outcomes; and 68% of officials reported increases in the need for small business emergency assistance.

Every city, town and village has felt the impacts of the pandemic. However, existing infrastructure was a key factor in determining how a community was able to respond and exercise resilience. Understanding how and why municipalities fared differently provides insight on why robust federal investments are crucial in weathering crisis. 40% of local officials indicated that access to clean drinking water was one of the most significant positive conditions supporting their communities; 20% of local officials indicated broadband availability as a leading positive driver, while 15% indicated it posed the most significant challenges for their residents over the past year; and 43% of municipalities indicated that the availability of parks, recreation and community green and open spaces was a top condition supporting their communities.