Tax Increment Area

Introduction on Tax Increment Financing
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a powerful economic development tool that was adopted into law in Washington State in 2021. The Washington State Legislature created the TIF authority through House Bill 1189 for a city, county, or port to create a . TIFs are used throughout the United States.  In general, our State’s TIF is a financing option that allows a public agency (city, county, or port) to fund publicly-owned infrastructure determined necessary to encourage the envisioned private development within a TIA designated by the public agency.  As private development occurs (a result of the public agencies investment in the identified public improvements), property values rise, and the public agency uses the increased property tax generated by that development to pay for the public improvement projects. After the project costs are paid, the public agency retires the TIA.

Project Analysis Report

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Tax Increment Area (TIA) Map

Proposed Public Improvements Project List

Personal Property Handout

Tax Increment Area - PowerPoint Presentation    

Public Briefing Dates 

Adopted Resolution 2023-09 creating the Tax Increment Area

If you have any questions regarding the Port’s Burbank/Wallula Gap Tax Increment Area, please contact the Port of Walla Walla Administrative Office during regular business hours or email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


* Posted on 09-08-2023 and updated on 10-27-2023