The demand for transportation infrastructure has far outpaced the resources of federal, state and local governments. The Texas Legislature has established innovative methods of developing and financing transportation projects. One such tool used by local entities to advance transportation projects is a transportation reinvestment zone (TRZ).
The local governing body designates a zone in which it will promote a transportation project. Once the zone is created, a base year is established and the incremental increase in property tax revenue collected inside the zone is used to finance a project in the zone.
Eligibility and Program Details
Cites, counties and port authorities have the authority to set up a TRZ.
The city, county or port authority must make the following determinations in order to set up a zone:
Many local governments are familiar with tax increment reinvestment zones and tax increment financing (TIRZ/TIF), but the TRZ is a recently-created tool that allows for a broader range of transportation projects. A TRZ also does not require a local entity to create a board.
The following are the steps for establishing a TRZ:
TxDOT Project Finance and Debt Management Division