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Decision on establishing business improvement district delayed

April 04, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The formal decision on establishing a business improvement district in downtown El Centro was delayed one month, and the City Council took a second vote on the issue Wednesday.

The City Council initially declared its intention to establish a BID at its March 6 council meeting. The city failed to notify business owners of that action or of its intention to hold a public hearing for possible final approval of the BID, as required, however. The city has seven days after the vote stating the City Council's intention to notify affected businesses. Because it failed to do so, the vote was redone, and the seven days notification period begins again.

The public hearing — at which business owners may give their input on the BID — is now tentatively set for May 1.

There was some discussion at Wednesday's meeting about when council members knew they could not take final action on the BID. A number of downtown business owners were on hand expecting final action to be taken.

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