Superior council terminates two special tax districts

Tax increment district closures have added more than $75 million in value to the city's tax rolls since 2021.

Government Center in Superior
Government Center, Superior, Wis.
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SUPERIOR — The Superior City Council added more than $20.4 million in new value to the tax rolls Wednesday, April 5.

Councilors approved terminating two tax increment districts years ahead of schedule.

The districts include the Interstate Industrial Park in North End created in 1996 and the area south of the former Blaine and Central schools north of Belknap Street and east of Grant Avenue created in 2008.

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The 30% increase in tow fees and vehicle storage costs will move forward to the June 6 Superior City Council meeting for approval.
Thefts caused officials to stop using on-site cash fee boxes. Boat launch passes can be purchased at local stores. The city is also building an online payment option.

The industrial park district was originally expected to close in 2030, and the Blaine-Central district was projected to close in 2038.

The closures will allow Douglas County, the School District of Superior and Northwood Technical College to benefit from tax collections based on the new value created from redevelopment of those areas of the city, reducing the burden on property owners in the city.


Each of those taxing entities will also benefit from remaining revenue once all obligations are paid based on an audit of the districts. Proceeds will be divided among the city and other taxing authorities in proportionate shares.

This year, city officials will distribute the remaining proceeds of another tax increment district that closed in 2022, according to Jason Serck, economic development, port and planning director.

Since 2021, the city has terminated four tax increment districts that created more than $75 million in new value in Superior.

In other business, councilors:

  • Granted a total of $46,784 in small business grants to Mags Auto Service, Superior Collision, Off We Pop LLC and Twin Ports Built LLC.
  • Amended the zoning code to allow residential development as a special use in manufacturing districts.
Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or
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