The Oscoda Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is an independent municipal corporation created pursuant to State Statute (Act 197) with its membership being appointed by the Charter Township of Oscoda Board of Trustees. Its operations are also governed by the Board of Trustees, to some extent, through the approval of the Tax Increment Finance and Development Plan (TIF/DP). The Oscoda Township DDA was created in September of 1984 through the adoption of Ordinance No. 166 by the Board of Trustees. The boundaries of the Downtown Development District consist of the downtown area and commercial corridor from Division Street along US-23 to the Glens Market shopping area and F-41 to Cedar Lake Road. The DDA has identified specific sources of funding to finance the implementation of a comprehensive plan for regulatory changes, capital improvement, financial assistance, marketing and promotion efforts, security enhancement and special projects within the Oscoda Township DDA Development Area.
A TIF collects all of the real and personal taxes paid in its development district above the base amount of the total value at the time of the creation of the TIF (no school taxes are captured). The DDA collects all of the new and additional taxes resulting from new construction and other increases in taxable value. In 1989 the DDA also established its development plan. This plan has undergone many revisions with the most recent (Document #4) being adopted by the Township Board in November 2008.
TIF Projects Completed and Underway:
- Dwight Street Streetscape Improvements (completed)
- Glen’s Driveway Access Project (completed)
- East & West River Road Improvement Projects (completed)
- Lead role in implementation of Blueprints 2007 (underway)
- Wayfinding: partnership with AuSable and Oscoda Townships (completed)
- Façade Grant Opportunities (underway)
- US 23 Road Reconstruction Streetscape Project (underway)
DDA Board Membership
The DDA consists of an 8 to 10 member board of merchants, community members and one resident of the DDA District, appointed by the Township Supervisor for staggered 4 year terms. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m at the Robert J. Parks Library and are open to the public.
Ann Richards, DDA Director at 739-6999 email email@example.com
DDA Board Members
Joseph Maxwell, Chairperson
Martin Gayeski, Vice-Chairperson
Jim Baier, Township Supervisor