GLOVERSVILLE - Several businesses want the city to expand the Gloversville Business Improvement District.
Currently, the district goes from Cayadutta and South Main streets up to Middle and North Main streets. It also includes some of Bleecker and Church streets.
The expanded district would include businesses from East Fulton Street up to Fremont Street, then from Fremont down to Washington Street. Going west, it would extend on West Fulton to Cayadutta Street, and then include Cayadutta Street.
Businesses in the BID pay 15 percent on top of their city taxes. The money goes to the BID. The exact rate is $3.257 per $1,000 of assessed value, which is collected as a special district tax.
The businesses came to Mayor Dayton King asking for the expansion, and Assessor Joni Dennie drew up a proposed expansion map on the basis of at least two requests, she said.
Gloversville BID President Patricia Beck, also The Leader-Herald's publisher, said the issue of whether to expand the BID is up to the Common Council.
"If they held a meeting with these potential property owners, we'd be happy to meet with them and explain being a part of the BID," Beck said.
She said the BID provides beautification services and support for businesses as well as marketing and exposure opportunities.
"It's all subject to Common Council approval and it's got to be looked up legally," Dennie said. "I gave them information and copies of maps and showed them where the district would be expanded. I gave them a list of properties that would be included in the district. It would be up to them the next time it comes up for discussion," Dennie said.
She was unsure whether businesses could opt out of being in the district.
The issue is not listed on the agenda for Tuesday's 6 p.m. Common Council meeting at City Hall. Agendas can be viewed at www.cityofgloversville.com.
Fourth Ward Councilwoman Ellen Anadio said this morning before the council makes any decisions, it needs to find out whether the majority of businesses in the proposed expansion want to join the BID.
"I think we have to send letters out to people to get their response and see how they feel about it. In essence, it's up to them if they want to be included in that," Anadio said. "I don't think we can really take a vote before that's done."
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