Perry business owners discuss improvements to district

Business owners discuss strip improvements

Some property owners in Perry sat down to discuss improvements to General Courtney Hodges Boulevard on Monday evening.

City officials proposed a plan last month where property owners would pay more taxes to see a better strip. It's called a community improvement district (CID)

"I'm probably leaning more for it than many are, but I haven't had all of my questions answered either," said William Davis of Crossroads Medical Management.

He would like to see the roads enhanced and the area beautified.

There are 12 projects on the proposed list ranging from enhancing landscaping to enhanced patrol.

Meanwhile others had their doubts, saying they're paying enough in taxes already.

Community Development Director Robert Smith says regardless, many property owners want a change on the strip.

"Property owners in the district want to see these projects completed, but they don't have enough money themselves. The city of Perry wants to see these projects completed, but they also don't have enough money to complete it themselves," said Smith.

He says if the business owners decide they don't want to proceed with the CID, the city would still work with them to find another option.

129 businesses are on the district. 51 percent of the property owners would have to agree to the proposal for it to pass.


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