DDA - Downtown Development Authority

The City of Jonesville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was created in 1994 to promote economic growth and revitalization by using Tax Increment Financing to stimulate new private investments and broaden the local tax base. 

The DDA Board meets the second Tuesday of every other month at 8:30 A.M. at City Hall, 265 E. Chicago Street. The public is always welcome to attend.

Board Members

Chair Don Toffolo, Edward Jones
Gerry Arno, Jonesville City Mayor
Chris Fast, Andrew Mack & Son
Gale Fix, Wal-Mart Supercenter – Jonesville
Abe Graves, Jonesville Lumber
Joe Ruden, Barrett Insurance Agency
Penny Sarles, Shear Magic 
Mary Ellen Sattler, Jilly Beans Too
Dr. Anthony Smith, Jonesville Eye Care


The DDA prepares an annual operating budget and a five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).  These are approved annually as a component of the overall City budget and CIP.  The DDA and City operate on a fiscal year that begins on July 1st and concludes on June 30th.

The City of Jonesville has an audit report prepared annually by and independent Certified Public Accounting Firm.  The DDA funds are included in this annual audit.

The DDA does not have any current contracts.  It reimburses for costs associated with City expenses for contract mowing services.  A copy of this agreement is available at City Hall upon request.

Chicago Street Road Diet

The Downtown Development Authority is studying the feasibility of reducing the travel lanes on Chicago Street (US-12) in Downtown Jonesville from 5-lanes to 3-lanes.  The project is intended to make Chicago Street a more viable commercial corridor, safer for pedestrians, customers, and automobiles.



  • Complete Streets PresentationClick Here
  • Dan Burden's PresentationClick Here (This presentation was recorded. It is available for viewing at the Jonesville City Hall during regular business hours.)

The purpose of the program is to encourage and stimulate improvements to the exterior of commercial buildings within the district.  This includes the front, rear and sides of buildings where the public would regularly access the business.  The Jonesville DDA finds that the creation and maintenance of a visually pleasing and inviting business sector is a public purpose which can be achieved in part through improvements to commercial building facades in the district.  The improvement and maintenance of business facades will enhance our image as a consumer-friendly and economically prosperous community in which to shop, dine and do business.  The intent of the facade improvement program is to strengthen the economic viability of the Downtown Development Authority district by providing financial incentives for improving the exterior appearances of its commercial buildings.  The program provides an opportunity to preserve the architectural heritage of the downtown and enhance the other commercial sectors of our community. 

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