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Boone Town Council Votes Not to Renew Contract with DBDA PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Friday, 21 May 2010 10:04

The Boone Town Council voted 3-2 last night not to renew their funding contract with the Downtown Boone Development Association.

Councilman Andy Ball said the decision came down to wanting to be fiscally responsible with taxpayers’ money.

Ball said, "Last night we voted to take a new direction for downtown to see more economic revitalization and direct downtown improvements by the town.  [The DBDA’s] goals have been directly financing and funding downtown improvements so that in three years, in five years, and sooner we can see the kind of improvements that we’ve all been talking about for years.  We all love our downtown corridors.  We all love King Street and Howard Street, but we’ve really got to act and put this money aside in order to see the results that we’ve got to see.”

Ball explained the Main Street Program, the Public Art Program, and the Downtown Boone Art Crawl will continue, but they will be run by the Town of Boone.

Ball said the Town of Boone will now oversee the Municipal Service District tax.  He explained, “That tax has been administered by the DBDA for the past 17 years and we feel like it’s time to directly have a role administering those moneys for direct downtown improvements.”

Ball explained over 115 surveys had been sent out to taxpayers to see how they felt about the job the DBDA was doing with developing the downtown area.  He said around 40 physical copies had been sent back to the Town and around 30 had been sent electronically.  Ball said of the 40 physical copies he saw, the overwhelming majority of taxpayers said they were displeased with the DBDA.



Ball made the motion at last night’s Town Council meeting to end the Town’s contract with the DBDA and Jaymie Leah seconded the motion.  Stephen Phillips and Lynn Mason voted to wait until more surveys were received to make a decision.  Ball said he felt like the town should give the DBDA notice if the contract would be ended, so he pushed to vote at last night’s meeting.  Since Councilman Rennie Brantz was out of town, Mayor Loretta Clawson cast the deciding vote to end the Town of Boone’s contract with the DBDA.

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