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Petition Against Downtown Business Improvement Area Service

Posted: 17 days ago

Deadline: April 3, 2017

Business Improvement Area Service

The proposed Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) local service is to provide an annual grant to the Sechelt Downtown Business Association, a registered non-profit society, for the planning and implementation of a Business Promotion Scheme that includes: (a) marketing and promotional events and projects; (b) promotion and advocacy on behalf of the downtown business community; and (c) community projects related to economic development and downtown revitalization.

Cost Recovery

Cost of the proposed DBIA service is estimated at $70,000.00 per year. 100% of the cost will be recovered by a maximum local service tax of $70,000.00, imposed only on all parcels of land within the proposed DBIA (see map on other side of page defining DBIA boundary) that are classified as Class 5 [light industry] or Class 6 [business and other], for a 5 year term from 2017 to 2021, to be recovered by a tiered system based on the number of active business licenses associated with each property in the DBIA. The following table outlines the tiered system and estimated property levy based on number of business licenses issued in 2017:

Number of Business Licenses held in DBIA

Tiered Percentage Rate

Estimated Levy per 2017 business licenses issued

1

100%

$  440.50

2 to 5

  85%

    374.43

6 to 10

  75%

    330.38

11 or more

  60%

    264.30

Example: A property that holds 6 business licenses would be assessed: 

                 6 x $330.38 = $1982.28 Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Council may proceed with establishing the DBIA unless over 50% of owners representing over 50% of the assessed value of the parcels petition against the service by April 3, 2017.

Petition

  • An OWNER of a parcel within the DBIA that would be subject to the local service tax may sign this petition.
  • If two (2) or more persons are owners of a parcel, they are considered as one (1) owner only and their signatures will only be considered if a majority of them have signed the same petition.
  • Leaseholders registered on title who are directly responsible for payment of property taxes on a parcel may sign this petition.
  • A person who is not eligible (for example, Tenants) must not sign this petition.
  • Accurate copies of the petition may be made and used for signing.
  • The petition must include the petitioner’s full name, signature (by authorized signing officers in the case of corporations), civic address and legal description of the parcel subject to the levy.
  • ORIGINAL signed petitions must be delivered to the District of Sechelt, 2nd Floor, 5797 Cowrie Street, PO Box 129, Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0 by 4:30 pm, Monday, April 3, 2017.