Will property taxes for citizens/property owners go up because the City is spending money on development projects related to Make Ogden?
  • No – property taxes for property owners will not increase due to the City Redevelopment Agency’s investment into development projects, as such projects are not funded by existing property or sales taxes. As new development is increased through redevelopment activities, the city’s overall tax base is strengthened – which can reduce the tax burden on existing residents.
  • For example, the bonds (funds borrowed) associated with the City RDA’s investment in the residential/retail/commercial/hospitality elements of the WonderBlock development will be paid back over a number of years via the increase in taxable value of the WonderBlock development (Tax Increment Financing or TIF), along with some funds from lease revenues from the City’s previous development investment at Business Depot Ogden (BDO).
  • Additionally, the revenue bonds associated with the City Municipal Building Authority’s investment in the new parking structures located at WonderBlock and the proposed new parking management system downtown, will be paid via the revenue generated from the paid parking system – much of which will be paid by visitors from outside the community. 

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1. What is the Make Ogden Downtown Master Plan, and how were/are citizens involved in its development and implementation?
2. How do downtown enhancements proposed by Make Ogden relate to supporting/attracting the economic advantages associated with aerospace/national security businesses (defense ecosystem)?
3. How are the plans associated with Make Ogden going to make it more affordable to live in and do business in Ogden?
4. Why is it important that Ogden City be involved in development activities, such as those proposed in the Make Ogden downtown master plan?
5. What is the City’s perspective on the potential for the implementation of the Make Ogden downtown master plan resulting in gentrification of the area?
6. Are energy efficiencies integrated into the Make Ogden development plans?
7. What process does the City Redevelopment Agency use to determine what developer to work with for a development?
8. Will property taxes for citizens/property owners go up because the City is spending money on development projects related to Make Ogden?
9. There has been a lot of talk about one of the first Make Ogden development projects – WonderBlock. Why is the WonderBlock development considered a better/more resilient project than previous projects?
10. Make Ogden proposes dramatically increasing the number of residences downtown. What is the advantage of living in downtown Ogden – such as at WonderBlock?
11. How will Make Ogden help attract visitors to Ogden?
12. How does Make Ogden support downtown retail?
13. As Make Ogden proposes new residential and commercial development that will bring more people downtown, where is everyone going to park their vehicles?
14. Where do I find out more information about Make Ogden?