All About Us

The Garden City DDA was established by the city of Garden City in 1983 to enhance the quality of life for Garden City residents through revitalization of the downtown district.

The DDA’s primary financial support comes from Tax Increment Financing (TIF), a mechanism to redistribute current taxes collected back to the local community. It is not an increase in taxes, nor a dedicated millage.

Reinvesting Funds into the District

The DDA develops a plan for reinvesting funds into the district. The TIF Plan is reviewed and approved by City Council and other taxing jurisdictions, such as Wayne County, when the district is created. A base level of property tax revenue is established from year of inception.

As property values increase in the district, the difference between the base level and the new total value is the TIF Capture. This amount of increased property tax value is invested by the DDA for further improvements within the district.

Funding Sources for the DDA

The DDA boundaries comprises of 56% of the City’s income tax collection. Of the 56% in income taxes, the City allocates 2.7% to the DDA through the TIF. The 2.7% redistributed funds provides the DDA 61.3% of their operating budget

Other contributing taxing jurisdictions include:
• Wayne County – 24.6%
• Schoolcraft Community College – 6.7%
• Jail – 3.5%
• Wayne County Transit Authority – 2.2%
• Wayne County Parks – 0.9%
• Huron-Clinton Metro Authority – 0.8%

The DDA’s Position in the City

The DDA operates as a separate department or entity under the City, and its budget is approved by the City Council annually. The DDA Board of Trustees is appointed by the Mayor and consists of business owners, property owners, residents, and liaison members from City Council, and Chamber of Commerce.

How to Get Involved

Attend DDA Board Meetings on the third Tuesday of the month. You can find a schedule of meetings here. Submit an application at City Hall to be considered for the DDA Board as appointed by the Mayor.

Downtown Garden City has many opportunities for you to participate in the revitalization and preservation efforts that recognize Garden City’s unique character. Check out the volunteering page for more information.

Kim Dold
Executive Director of the DDA

Kim Dold was appointed Executive Director of the DDA in April 2015 after serving for nearly a year as interim director.

theresa_manuelTheresa Manuel
Administrative Assistant

Theresa Manuel was hired in October 2014 to assist Dold at the DDA. She works on annual projects and coordinates with volunteers.


The Board of Trustees consists of 10 mayoral appointed trustees, in addition to the mayor. No less than one is required to be a DDA Resident. Six are required to have DDA Property Interest. The three remaining are considered Trustees at Large; their only requirement is to be a resident.