is our middle name.
is a TID?
intergovernmental and public-private collaboration, the Transportation
Improvement District (TID) provides a local structure which coordinates
federal, state, and local resources in planning, financing, constructing,
and operating transportation projects.
across the country call for greater innovation and accelerated construction
schedules, the TID is proving the possibilities for better government.
The TID drives the responsibility for transportation improvements
to the local level and serves a group of local governments collaborating
to achieve common transportation goals.
name implies, a TID is a "district," a geographic area
organized for the purpose of improving the existing road system.
The TID does not represent a single city, nor is it a large government
cooperation among local governments, the TID increases the impact
and effectiveness of local transportation planning and funding.
The cooperative structure of the TID allows Butler County communities
to accomplish more together than they would if they acted alone.
and National Model
state and federal funding mandated the search for alternatives for
building and improving roads. In response to increasing demands
for such alternatives, the Transportation Improvement District Program
was authorized by the Ohio General Assembly in June 1993 from legislation
sponsored by former State Rep. Mike Fox. Butler County's TID was
formed by the Butler County Commissioners in January of the following
established as a demonstration project to test the TID concept,
our TID was the first in Ohio. It exceeded expectations, and state
law was changed in 1995 to allow all counties in Ohio to establish
their own TIDs.
pioneer in this better approach to road building, the Butler County
TID is also a national model. We were the first organization in
the United States to receive funds from Ohio's State
Infrastructure Bank (SIB). The newly created SIB system,
now in place across the county, provides loans for local transportation
TID is not empowered to act independently and cannot finance road
improvements alone. Because of this the TID brings all interested
parties to the table. This presents an opportunity for the best
possible decisions to be made at the local level. The TID ensures
that there is consensus among all interested parties and that those
who benefit also contribute their fair share.
is run like a business with the profit returned to the local communities.
The communities we serve are the stakeholders, and their citizens
are our customers.
TIDs leverage funds from federal, state, and local sources, the
ultimate decision-making power resides with local units of government,
which provide representatives to the TID board.
consists of members appointed by your elected officials from Butler
County; the cities of Hamilton and Fairfield; and Fairfield, West
Chester and Liberty townships. The member communities ask us to
solve road problems for you.
program is not designed to create another permanent bureaucracy;
therefore, the Butler County TID exists solely to accomplish defined
road improvements. Operated with a limited full-time staff, the
TID achieves its goals through the use of qualified consultants
and contractors. The overall size of the TID is kept intentionally
lean in order to prevent procedural delays and unnecessary costs.
here to view the TID's current organizational
pays for our projects?
Butler County TID represents a new method of financing needed improvements
to our infrastructure. Beyond the substantial funding support from
state and federal sources, the TID initiates innovative funding
measures to maximize all available resources and to get the roads
built now, not later.
activities that benefit from infrastructure development can be tapped
to help finance the improvements themselves. Communities, local
governments, and private businesses all may help to finance the
construction of road improvements. Those who will benefit most from
the road improvements help to achieve them.
my taxes be raised to help support the TID or its projects?
The TID cannot raise your taxes. While the TID represents new, alternative
financing of road improvements, the TID is not authorized to raise
taxes. Serving at the discretion of its member communities, the
TID cannot act alone. And, it certainly has no authority and no
interest in increasing taxes. Instead, a central goal of the Butler
County TID is finding innovative and alternative funding for road
from traditional transportation agencies, the TID accomplishes projects
better, cheaper, and faster.
With the oversight of several state and federal agencies, including
the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Ohio Department
of Transportation (ODOT), the TID serves Butler County, two cities,
and three townships. For a project to occur in one political subdivision,
there must be a consensus that exemplifies intergovernmental coordination.
Because the TID is local, it is more responsive and responsible
to community concerns.
have a state or federal bureaucracy to navigate and can react as
we see fit to meet specific, local needs. Investment in transportation
lays the foundation for economic growth. We make the investment
in local projects that may or may not have ever been considered
by state or federal authorities.
Paper to Pavement
Created to cut through bureaucracies that cause lengthy delays,
the TID accelerates the development of road construction through
concurrent design and engineering and expedited construction schedules.
Carrying out several tasks on a project concurrently means faster
completion at a lower cost.
Construction costs rise at a rate of two percent to three percent
each year. Because we accelerated the schedule for the Michael A.
Fox Highway and shaved four to five years off traditional schedules,
we are saving $8 to $10 million on the cost of the highway - a $158