IMPERIAL — The Imperial City Council discussed activating a redevelopment agency during a special meeting here Thursday night.
Marshall Linn, chief executive officer of Orange-based Urban Futures, led the workshop regarding RDAs. Urban Futures is a consultant that assists cities in activating redevelopment agencies.
Councilman James Tucker asked Linn to explain the benefits and costs associated with RDA activation.
Linn said RDAs are a way cities can "influence the flow of abnormal property tax dollars."
City Manager Vincent Long described RDAs as "the most useful tool for economic development."
He said cities without an RDA have difficulty competing with cities with RDAs.
"It's like trying to play basketball without air in your basketball," Long said.
Urban Futures would charge the city $90,000 over two fiscal years.
An attempt at activating the city's Redevelopment Agency in the mid-1990s failed when residents voiced opposition, citing concern over the RDA's ability to condemn and acquire property.