For decades, cities in Johnson County have quietly used tax increment financing — or TIF — to lure development.
And for decades, politically, that’s not been questioned.
But TIFs, it turns out, are becoming more contentious in Johnson County, especially in the Shawnee Mission School District.
"... That dialog has entirely changed recently, in the last year and a half or so, as a result of the preponderance of TIFs," says Jim Hinson, the district's superintendent.
Hinson is worried about TIFs for a couple of reasons.