Economic Development

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Enterprise Zones

Enterprise Zones are defined areas within the county that allow for tax abatements on industrial projects conducted within the zone. Real property abatements can be made for improvements on the real property as a result of the project. Personal property abatements can be taken on machinery, equipment, furniture, fixtures and inventory that is new or first-used in the State of Ohio. A three-member negotiation team reviews the project and negotiates a package specific to each project. Delaware County has three active zones, the City of Delaware Enterprise Zone, the Orange Township Enterprise Zone and the Village of Sunbury Enterprise Zone. Tax abatement levels are abated up to an agreed-upon percentage for a certain number of years. This program also has a requirement of job creation associated with any abated project. If properly managed, this program has proven to be an engine of growth.

Broadband Fiber

Several efforts are underway to achieve a higher level of fiber infrastructure. In addition to an effort by the City of Delaware to connect businesses within the city (Delaware Area Super Highway – DASH) there is also a regional effort to connect entities such as Dublin, Westerville, Delaware, Delaware County, while also connecting businesses and governmental agencies within each (Central Ohio Broadband – COBB). Connect Ohio is a state-wide effort aimed determining where service is either non-existent or ineffective and what sorts of projects can be initiated to improve service. All efforts are aimed at increasing the economic viability of the area.

Port Authority

Port Authorities are political subdivisions created by statute for the purpose of enhancing and promoting transportation, economic development, housing, recreation, research, and other issues within the jurisdiction of the port authority. Such organizations can acquire and sell property, issue bonds, loan monies for construction, operate property in connection with transportation, recreation, government operations, or cultural purposes, engage in activities on behalf of other political subdivisions, among many other functions. Where funding is concerned, it may issue revenue bonds, apply for grants and loans, and even levy a property tax not exceeding one mill for a maximum period of 5 years. In short, the Port Authority can accomplish much more in the way of economic development in a competitive fashion than a government entity which is limited by disclosure requirements.

Community Reinvestment Areas

Community Reinvestment Areas (CRAs) are designated zones in which tax abatements are allowable on real property improvements made as a result of an expansion or relocation project. These agreements are available for expanding or relocating businesses. Job creation is an additional requirement for participation in the Community Reinvestment Area program. Only one CRA exists in Delaware County, located in the City of Delaware with the same boundaries as the Delaware Enterprise Zone. The available abatement rate can extend up to 100% on the real property improvements for a term of up to 15 years. The abatement rate and term is a unique negotiation for each project, considering such factors as job creation numbers and real and personal property investment levels.

Tax Increment Financing

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a program to finance public infrastructure by redirecting new real and personal property tax to a debt retirement fund. A portion of the real property tax on improvements to a site, up to 75% for 10 years, can be paid into a special fund, and that fund can be used to retire the debt on a public infrastructure improvement tied to the project. The value of the property tax exempted will be paid as a Service Payment-in-Lieu of Taxes (equal to the amount of exempted value), due at the same time property taxes are due, and will go into a special fund. A county negotiating committee meets with a potential business and discusses if the TIF program can be utilized for the proposed project. If so, the committee will work with the business to reach an agreed exemption level. The Delaware County Economic Development Office works with both the business and negotiating committee to facilitate the process.

Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit

The Ohio Department of Development administers this program in conjunction with local incentive program participation. This program allows a business to receive a tax credit or even a refund against its corporate franchise tax based upon the number of new jobs created with the project. The requirements of the program are that at least 25 new, full-time jobs must be created within three years of the beginning of the project, and that the new employees must be paid a minimum of 150% of the federal minimum wage. The Job Creation Tax Credit is a direct credit against a business’ corporate franchise tax. The basis of the credit lies in the state income tax withholding per new employee. The tax credit will be figured from the state income tax withheld for the new employees. A percentage of the withheld tax will be credited against the business’ corporate franchise tax each year for the term of the agreement. This percentage rate can be up to 75% with a term of up to ten years. The Delaware County Economic Development Office will work with businesses interested in this program and put them in contact with the Ohio Department of Development’s representative.