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Public Hearing on University District Business Improvement Area February 25


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Proposed University District BIAThe Finance and Culture Committee will hold a public hearing on Council Bill 118302 on Wednesday, February 25 at 2 p.m. This bill would create a new University District Parking and Business Improvement Area (BIA).  The hearing will take place in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall at 600 4th Avenue between Cherry and James. Sign-in begins at 1:30 p.m.

The proposal would disestablish the current BIA shown in red and blue in the map on the right, and create larger BIA.

My earlier blog post has background about the proposal. The bill information page  has a memo with further information.

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Comment from Karle Sommerfeld
Time March 5, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Mr. Licata –
I own and operate Paul’s Auto Upholstery at 53rd and Roosevelt. I am strongly against the proposed University District BIA as it now reads. I have several points to present;

1. I was unaware of the development of this proposed legislation until I received the correspondence from your office a few weeks ago notifying me of Resolution 31565 and 31569 and the meeting that was held on Feb 25th.
2. I certainly did not and will not sign any petition in support of the new BIA.
3. Based on the document your office provided, the proposed tax which I will be forced to pay, does not appear to have any direct benefit to me. I do not anticipate that any of the collected monies will be used to “clean-up” the properties or the area around my business, or to increase the police presence in my area.
4. I, as a property owner, and payer of the tax do not appear to have any say in how the monies are spent. It is my opinion that I will be paying a tax to help clean-up University Avenue and business that will benefit the University of Washington, with no benefit to the small business owners or residents in the Roosevelt area.

That being said, it appears to me that the City is attempting pass legislation that will force me to pay a tax for which I have no ability to vote for or against; I have no say in how the money is utilized; and I gain no benefit from this proposed legislation or tax.

I STRONGLY URGE THE CITY TO RE-EVALUATE C.B. 118302, WITH REGARDS TO THE BOUNDARIES OF THE AREA TO BE INCLUDED, WHAT THE MONIES WILL BE USED FOR AND WHO WILL DETERMINE HOW THE MONEY IS SPENT.

Regards,
Karle Sommerfeld
Paul’s Auto Upholstery

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