Chattanooga City Council to discuss proposed business improvement district Tuesday
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - The Chattanooga City Council will discuss the proposed business improvement district at Tuesday’s council meeting.
If passed, property owners in downtown would pay a fee annually to support services aimed at making the district cleaner and safer.
Commercial and nonprofit landowners in the district would be mandated to pay an annual assessment based on their square footage.
Residential owners would pay a flat annual fee per unit.
It’s a plan that’s been compared to Jim Crow laws, according to George Calhoun, the vice president of the NAACP.
“Seems like the people with the money and power come in and exclude certain folks from certain sections of downtown and that could take us back years,” Calhoun said.
In June, members of the NAACP protested the proposal outside of city hall.
If the city council votes on the proposal Tuesday, it would be the second attempt at a first vote.