The El Centro City Council has approved the creation of a business improvement district to fund the maintenance of the city's downtown. We applaud the council and urge it to take the next step — creating a separate lighting and maintenance district.
Yes, the BID and the lighting and maintenance district appear similar and both mean business owners and property owners would pay assessments, but both the BID and the lighting district are necessary for downtown.
The city has spent a good deal of money in making upgrades to the downtown, but what has been done must be maintained and without funds to do that on a daily basis, all the money the city has spent will have been wasted.
More needs to be done. Lighting and promotions need to be addressed, as does an effort to attract more business to the area. That is why both the BID and the lighting and maintenance district are so essential. Revenues raised would fund the hiring of a director for the downtown area and that is a crucial position.