- Vacant, Chairman
- Tyler Leslie
- Cliff Miller
- Jeff Bower
- Ronald Gavenda
- Brian McMurray, Mayor
- Sean Freel
- Tracy Stevelinck
- Jackie Masich, Vice Chair
Regular meetings of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) are held at 7 p.m. quarterly on the second Mondays of the month in January, April, July and October in the Tawas City Hall Council Chamber, 550 W. Lake St.
The DDA consists of the Mayor and eight (8) members appointed by the City Council for a total of nine (9) members.
The DDA is designed to be a catalyst in the development of the community’s downtown district. The DDA provides for a variety of funding options including a tax increment financing mechanism which can be used to fund public improvements in the DDA district, and the ability to levy a limited millage to address administrative expenses.
The DDA is created in part to correct and prevent deterioration within business districts; to promote economic growth and revitalization; to encourage commercial revitalization and historic preservation; to authorize the acquisition and disposal of interests in real and personal property; to authorize the creation of a downtown development authority board; and to authorize the levy and collection of taxes, the issuance of bonds, and the use of tax increment financing in the accomplishment of specific development activities contained in a locally-adopted development plan. The meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act.
Tawas City’s DDA was re-established in 2008 and the City has not captured taxes in the last several years leaving the fund depleted.