Council Approves Changes in Benefits District Appointments
Waverly Main Street will now appoint two members to the Charles Village Community Benefits District board.
A bill allowing the Waverly Main Street to appoint members of to the Charles Village Community Benefits District board was passed by the City Council, despite the objections of a council member who represents the area.
Previously the Waverly Merchants Association appointed two members to the benefits district board, but that group is now defunct. As the association wrapped up its affairs, it jointly appointed two members currently sitting on the board with Waverly Main Street.
From here on out, the main street association will have the responsibility to appoint members.
Last week, when the council voted to move the bill onto a final vote, Councilman Carl Stokes, who represents parts of Charles Village and Remington, spoke out against the bill. He called the benefits district “a place for a lot of intrigue.”
On Monday night Stokes voted against approving the bill.
Some residents, who are upset with the way the benefits district is being run, objected to the joint board appointments, and argued those appointees shouldn’t have voted on issues such as the benefits district’s budget.
The benefits district wants to raise the surtax it charges property owners to 12.5 cents per $100 of assessed value to help pay for to hire off duty police officers to work as security in the neighborhood. Currently the benefits district charges 12 cents per $100 of a property’s assessed value.
Last year the board sought to raise the surtax to 13.4 cents per $100 of assessed value, but the Board of Estimates denied that request.
The benefits district was created in the mid-1990s to provide supplemental security and sanitation services. The surtax rate has not been raised since the district was created.