Whenever people look to themselves to better their condition, instead of looking to government, we think it is to be admired.
Such is the case with merchants in the downtown area of El Centro. Local business owners have banded together seeking to form a business improvement district. A BID may be formed by action of the City Council unless a majority of business license-holders who would pay into the district demonstrates opposition to the formation prior to the closing of a public hearing on the issue.
A BID is based on business licenses, is mandatory and must be approved annually by the City Council.
The public hearing is set for May 1.
Under the proposal, the BID would encompass Main Street from Fourth Street to Eighth Street. The proposed BID is expected to raise about $34,000 annually. Some of the allowable functions under a BID include sidewalk sweeping, tree maintenance, graffiti removal, security, economic development, marketing and promotion, and parking related actions — but not capital improvements.