The Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA) was established by the Ralston City Council in 2000 and is charged with the conservation and rehabilitation of substandard or blighted areas within the City, as well as provide incentives for new developments. The Authority is a five member board appointed by the Mayor and City Council and may exercise all of the power and authority granted by State Statutes. The CRA meets as needed at Ralston City Hall, 5500 S. 77th Street, Ralston, Nebraska.
Current Authority members are:
Authority Member Term Expires
Bill Haas, Chairman December 2022
Tom Kjar December 2023
Donald A. Groesser December 2022
Brian Kavanaugh December 2024
Jerry Krause September 2020
Donald F. Ficenec Non-Voting, No Expiration
Dan Freshman Non-Voting, No Expiration
Rick Hoppe Non-Voting, No Expiration
Tim Bohling Non-Voting, No Expiration
Economic Development Programs
TAX INCREMENT FINANCING
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is primarily designed to finance the public costs associated with a private development project. Property tax increases resulting from a new development are targeted to repay the public investment required by a project. TIF projects may be commercial, residential, industrial, or mixed use. Generally, TIF funds can be used for land acquisition, public improvements and amenities, infrastructure, and utilities.
FACADE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
The purpose of the Facade Grant Program is to restore, improve or create historic architectural features to facades of commercial buildings anywhere within the downtown Central Business District. Applicants may be awarded up to $50,000 for facade improvement.