UPDATE: City council members have passed the controversial Chattanooga Business Improvement District (CBID) ordinance during the first round of voting on Tuesday night.

The council passed the ordinance 5-4, with Ken Smith and Russell Gilbert voting against it. Councilwoman Coonrod abstained from voting.

CBID organizers say property owners in the defined downtown area would pay a fee to support services aimed at making the district cleaner and safer.

The city council will hold a public hearing on the CBID ahead of the second vote on July 30.

At the public hearing, the council will allow 60 minutes of public discussion, giving 30 minutes to both the opposition and supporters of the CBID.

Those who wish to speak must sign-up before the meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. using the sign-up sheets outside of City Council Chambers.

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