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   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 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

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.   

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Christian April 25, 2012 at 01:33 PM
It is not fair to the residents of this community to have organizations placed without first having the enabling legislation changed to add this organization's name to those listed in the law as sitting on the Board. This appears to the undersigned to allow an organization to vote on fiduciary matters who were not legally entitled to do so by way of the list of the organizations within the law. This is correcting an illegal action after they voted which does not seem fair to the community as a whole. Does this mean that I can start an organization and vote? Isn't it time to have a real independent audit, not internal one, but an independent one of the Benefits District to see what else lays under the surface?
Connie April 25, 2012 at 05:03 PM
This whole thing is forced upon us residents. We are already paying taxes for Police and Sanitation Services. We have been paying an additional tax, labeled "Benefit" but it certainly doesn't benefit my neighborhood. Our alleys and sidewalks are trashfilled and we haven't seen any additional security in 5 YEARS! The ones we used to see rode around on their bikes and hung out on the corners. We are not a little neighborhood off the beaten path, we are on Charles Street between 25th and 27th! What a waste of our dollars and we are FORCED to pay this. Beware any other area that is thinking of doing this.
Christian April 25, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Connie, if you want to read another blog involving our community, please check out http://othervoicesfromcharlesvillage.blogspot.com/ which I believe you might find of interest.


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