In 2003 the City of Grand Junction agreed to give $75,000 a year for three years to the Downtown Partnership to help pay for marketing and coordinating special events. That funding ends this year and to help fill the void downtown business owners have come up with a plan.
Brunella Gualerzi of iL Bistro Italiano is the driving force behind the Downtown Business Improvement District. The plan is to have all property owners within the downtown radius to pay a yearly fee that would be based on the square footage of the ground floor in each building.
Gualerzi says the average fee for most businesses would amount to about $200 a year. The money would be used to continue marketing the downtown area, as well as to maintain the success of special events, like the Farmer's Market.
The Grand Junction City Council will hold a public hearing on the Business Improvement District at its next meeting on August 17th. It will determine whether to approve the creation of the district, but it will be up to voters whether the district can collect a fee.
The question will be posed to downtown business owners on a mail–in ballot this November.
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