City sets two public hearings for May
by Terra Temple
Apr 30, 2014 | 938 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It was November 2005 when the Metropolis City Council passed an ordinance establishing the Metropolis Business District.

Almost 8 1/2 years later, the council is looking to set the taxing portion of that district into place. A requirement of that is a public hearing.

After suspending the rules Monday, the council voted to set a public hearing on a proposal to impose retailers’ occupation taxes and service occupation taxes in Metropolis Business District. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, May 19 at the Girl Scout House, located across from Fort Massac State Park on Seventh Street.

The Metropolis Business District Redevelopment Project Area is bounded on the north by Eighth Street, on the east by Metropolis Street, on the south by the Ohio River and on the west by Vienna Street. The purpose of the taxes is to eradicate blighting conditions, assure opportunities for development or redevelopment, encourage private investment and attract sound and stable business and commercial growth within the district.

“Currently, there are no sales taxes in the business district to help owners with renovations,” city attorney Rick Abell explained during the council’s April 23 Industrial Committee meeting.

The proposal to impose a 1 percent retailers’ occupation tax and a 1 percent service occupation tax within the boundaries of the district. The taxes are on products only and would go into effect Jan. 1, 2015. The generated funds stay within the district to pay for a long list of eligible project costs — from public or private improvements to marketing and advertising. If passed, a Business District Committee will be established to oversee the administration of the fund.

A copy of the Metropolis Business District plan is available for public inspection on the city’s website, www.cityofmetropolis.com, and at the City Clerk’s Office, the Metropolis Public Library and the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce.

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