A new business district for downtown Redwood City would fund nearly $800,000 worth of services beyond that already provided by the city, including daily sidewalk washing and marketing.
Ballots to create the community improvement district could go out on Thursday, June 12 with a public hearing to count them at the end of next month if the City Council gives the go-ahead at its Monday night meeting.
A petition drive of property owners launched last month showed that 29.48 percent of owners, with votes weighted by property size, support the effort. Adding on the city’s 7.82 percent based on its property holdings, the 37.3 percent meets the 30 percent legal threshold to move forward toward finalizing the CBD.
On Monday night, the City Council will be asked to authorize City Manager Bob Bell to sign the city’s petition and adopt a resolution of intent. Following that move, the city clerk can mail out ballots to affected property owners three days later. Property owners will have 45 days to return the ballots before the end of the July 28 public hearing. If 50 percent of the weighted ballots favor the CBD, the council can formally establish the district and place the assessment on the fiscal year tax roll.
A management plan created by a consulting group and steering committee breaks down $795,781 worth of services in the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget for the proposed district. They include $423,000 for sidewalk operations and beautification such as regular sweeping, steam cleaning and trash removal. The money will also fund dog waste receptacles next to apartment buildings and condos, possible video surveillance and installation of hanging plants and flowers. District identity and services like a website, social media and development of public open space will cost $160,000. Parking management like valet services, shuttles and renting private lots is budgeted at $54,000. Administration costs will be $120,000 and $38,781 is allocated for overhead expenses and city and county fees.
The city will pay $62,251 annually for its 7.82 percent of the total assessment.
The city also already pays $2.5 million yearly for maintenance and services in downtown, which it will continue, but officials say they cannot afford to do more to keep up with the growing population and popularity of downtown coupled with the dissolution of its redevelopment agency.
The Redwood City Council meets 7 p.m. Monday, June 9 at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.
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