Downtown Association Staying Put

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Unofficial results of a petition to repeal the City’s By-law 76-419 establishing a downtown Business Improvement Area indicate that there are both insufficient requests to repeal the by-law and that the requests received do not meet the requirement to represent at least 50% of the municipal taxation in the area.

The Municipal Act prescribes that requests to repeal the by-law need to be received from at least one-half of the total number of persons entitled to notice. 153 parties were entitled to notice. 67 requests were received; therefore, this threshold was not met.

The Act also requires that those who have signed requests must represent at least 50% of the general municipal taxes (in the business property classes) in the Business Improvement Area. Total general municipal taxation (in the business property classes) in the downtown Business Improvement Area is $1,317,125.94. The requests to repeal the by-law represent $625,056.60 or 47.46%. The taxation threshold was therefore not met.

Official results regarding the petition to repeal the by-law establishing the Queenstown Business Improvement Area will be reported to Council at the September 14, 2015 City Council meeting.