Incentives



The City has a variety of tools available to support new development and expansion such as: rebate of property & sales taxes, waiving of permit & tap-on fees, in addition to employment incentives.

Façade Improvement Program:
  • The Façade Program will provide a grant of up to 25% of the documented cost of improving the exterior of commercial buildings.  
  • Reimbursement will be limited to 25% of the documented cost of the façade improvements, not to exceed $10,000 on any one project.
  • Minimum façade  project  cost  to be  eligible  for  the  City  of  Highland  Façade  Program  is $10,000. Receipts must be submitted in order for the expenses to be considered as project cost.
  • Funding is limited and applications will be received on a  "first come, first serve" basis
  • This program applies to all commercial business in Business District A 
  • Façade Program Information
  • Map of Business District A
  • Façade Program Application
  • Please submit applications to Mallord Hubbard, Economic Development Coordinator, at mhubbard@highlandil.gov or at City Hall, 1115 Broadway.


Tax Increment Financing:
TIF is a financial tool used to capture a portion of the increase in property taxes created from new construction.
TIF Map

Business District:

  • Reimburse up to 100% of the incremental 1% City sales tax for a period up to 10 years or until the maximum funding is reached in combination with the other funding assistance.
  • Rebate up to 100% of the City’s portion of the property taxes on the incremental increase in the EAV for up to 10 years or until the maximum funding is reached in combination with the other funding assistance.
  • Waiving of permit and tap-on fees.
  • Business District Map


Economic Development Fund Includes:

  • Sales & Property Tax Rebates
  •  Utility Billing Discounts
  • Waiver of Fees
  • Employment Incentives 


Madison County Discovery Enterprise Zone:  

  • Includes Sales Tax Exemption
  • Investment Tax Credit
  • Machinery and Equipment Exemption
  •  Utility Tax Exemption
  • Enterprise Zone Map