Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager
Thoughts on running a city, daily musings, and everything in between.
City Manager, Auburn Hills, MI
Last night I was honored to congratulate long-time Auburn Hills resident Charlotte Copple on the occasion of her retirement from the City’s Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) Board of Directors. She became a Charter member of the TIFA board in 1985. Mrs. Copple holds the distinction of being the longest serving member of any City committee, commission or board, having served twenty-seven years.
You realize what that means? For 27 years she volunteered her time to help the city make decisions. No arm chair quarterback here. So many times you hear people complain about this or that, well here is a lady who jumped right in and weighed in on decisions before the outcomes were known.
If you don’t know, TIFA captures growth in the tax base and reinvests that capture back into community infrastructure improvements such as roads, water, sewer and site development.
This has been great tool that our City has maximized and managed for good development.
In speaking with Mrs. Copple I asked her “how did you not get burned out, get frustrated and just walk away?” She just chuckled and said there were times that it was tough when other things in her life were also demanding time, but you just do the best you can do and keep moving.
Neat concept, do the best you can do and keep moving forward.
A heartfelt thank you to Charlotte, if you see her around town it wouldn’t hurt to let her know you know what an impact she and other volunteers make in our great community.
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