The idea for a special taxing district on 23rd Street remains alive, but it was clear Tuesday that the proposal will face some opposition at City Hall.
Commissioners at their weekly meeting directed staff to prepare a report on a proposal to create a Community Improvement Taxing district near 23rd and Ousdahl. The district would charge an extra 1 percent sales tax at four business locations: the Hobby Lobby, the former Kwik Shop convenience store, the former Subway sandwich shop and the current Yokohama Sushi restaurant.
But Mayor Mike Amyx and Commissioner Aron Cromwell both said they had concerns with the proposal, which calls for the special taxes to reimburse developers for about $1.5 million worth of largely private improvements that would be made at the site.
The plan is expected to come back to the commission for a formal public hearing in about a month. At that point, Amyx said he also anticipated a discussion about whether special taxing districts should include signage that notifies consumers of the higher-than-normal sales tax.