Alexandria City Council deliberates on revising Business Improvement District vote to exclude absentee property owners

Unlocking the Future of Old Town: Addressing Resistance and Ensuring Community Support for BID Proposal

Alexandria City Council member Sarah Bagley highlighted the issue of property owners who did not respond to the outreach for the Old Town BID. According to Bagley, over 200 property owners did not participate in the decision-making process, which is seen as not supporting the proposal. This has led to resistance from the community and challenges in establishing a business improvement district (BID) in Old Town.

To address this issue, John Chapman proposed adjusting the counting process to ensure that absent property owners do not influence the percentage of property owners in favor or against the BID. While this change could benefit the proposed BID, it has faced opposition from some members of the City Council who emphasized the importance of conducting additional outreach to non-participating property owners.

The goal is to provide those property owners with another opportunity to voice their opinions on the creation of the BID. If property owners choose to remain uninvolved, their properties would not be counted in determining the outcome of the BID. The City Council aims to prevent non-participating property owners from negatively impacting

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