Business district vote this weekNovember 14,2012Property and business owners in downtown Rutland will be voting this week on whether to continue a 20-year-old special tax assessment that pays for the operations of the Downtown Rutland Partnership.
Established by the Rutland Redevelopment Authority in the early 1990s, the partnership provides marketing, management and maintenance for the special business district which encompasses all retail areas in the city’s downtown.
A tax assessment is collected from each property owner in the district to help fund the services.
The vote is advisory and has always passed by a large margin. There is no procedure in place to follow if the question failed, according to the head of the RRA.
“It’s kind of a way to take the temperature of the folks in the special benefits district,” said RRA Executive director Brennan Duffy. “We haven’t come up with a plan for it if the vote fails. I guess that would be dealt with when and if it comes up.”
Owners in the district have already been sent notices of the vote by mail and are encouraged to vote at the polls which will be located in the lobby of the Paramount Theatre on Center Street from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Property and business owners should also have received instructions on how to acquire absentee ballots if they can’t make it to the polls on Thursday. The result of the vote will be reported to the RRA.
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