Jefferson City plans to start community improvement district

3 years 1 week 8 hours ago Tuesday, October 14 2014 Oct 14, 2014 Tuesday, October 14, 2014 2:56:00 PM CDT October 14, 2014 in News
By: Brea Love, KOMU 8 Reporter
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JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City wants to start a community improvement district for it's downtown area.

Current business owners pay dues to keep their business downtown. They also pay a fee for snow removal in the winter. The implementation of a CID would create new fees and eliminate the need for dues and include snow removal for those businesses. 

President of the Jefferson City Downtown Association Stephanie Bell said most businesses downtown are interested in the idea.

"In order for the CID to pass, we have to have majority of the property owners," Bell said. "We do have business owners that are supportive of it, we just want to provide some more information." 

A meeting will be held Tuesday night at the Capitol Plaza Hotel to discuss the idea of a CID and allow the public to ask questions about what this would mean for Jefferson City. 

Columbia implemented its own CID about a year and a half ago and members of the board said it's going well.

"The CID has really given us great opportunities to really work with the city," Vice Chairman Mike Wagner said. "I think it has been very successful for Columbia, and I think Jeff City could be very successful as well."

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