Todd Taves
I enjoy helping communities take their plans from the drawing board, through the planning process, and to completion. It is gratifying to see the end results in the form of improvements or development projects that benefit the community.

Todd Taves

Senior Municipal Advisor/Principal
Todd Taves

Todd is a Senior Municipal Advisor with the firm and is the Principal of our Wisconsin region. He joined Ehlers in 2003 after serving eight years as the Administrator for the Village of Bellevue. He previously held positions with the Waukesha Housing Authority and the Village of Sussex. His prior local government experience provides him a first-hand understanding of how local governments operate, the challenges they face and an ability to relate on a personal level with local government staff and officials, all insights that help Todd craft recommendations and plans that are tailored to his client’s specific circumstances and needs.

Todd lives in Sussex with his wife and two sons. In addition to his career in local government and public finance, Todd served for 23 years in the Wisconsin Army National Guard retiring in 2008 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is an Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran.

Areas of Expertise

Debt Issuance & Management

  • Analysis & Presentation of Alternative Financing Options, Funding Sources, Plans & Tools
  • General Obligation & Revenue Debt
  • CDA / RDA Lease Revenue Bonds
  • Special Assessment Bonds
  • Refundings / Cash Defeasances
  • Representation to Bond Market & Credit Rating Agencies
  • Referendum Services

Economic Development & Redevelopment

  • Tax Increment District Creation & Amendment
  • Developer Recruitment
  • Developer Pro-Forma Analysis
  • Development Agreement Negotiation
  • Developer Performance Evaluation
  • Public Participation Process

Financial Management Planning

  • Capital Improvements Planning
  • Project Feasibility Studies
  • Financial Goals & Objectives Facilitation
  • Project Impact Analysis
  • Financial Management Plans
  • Impact Fee Studies

Licenses & Certifications

Certified Independent Professional Municipal Advisor
Series 50 License: Municipal Advisor Representative

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

International City/County Management Association
Wisconsin City/County Manager Association
National Guard Association of the United States
Wisconsin National Guard Association
Veterans of Foreign Wars


Bachelor of Arts – Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Master of Public Administration, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee