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  1. douglas durst
    December 27, 2013

    David Gruber misstates BID rules as they can tax residential properties, but at normally at a lower rate than commercial properties.

  2. Patrick Shields
    January 8, 2014

    Why do Community Boards 2 and 4 not create Business Improvement Committees, rather than the ongoing push
    for new BID's? And why are Board chairs allowed to be on BID steering committees within their districts?

    With BID's having the legislative power to tax, so be it, if voters approve, but why must communities constantly have to deal with the hypocrisy of business groups complaining about New York State and City taxes being punitive when they are perfectly willing to create a new entity with local taxation powers.

    Multiple CB/BID committees, if necessary, for various business districts within the board boundaries. Ultimately, a new BID, like conservancies and trusts, will in many ways, end up being in opposition to the CB's, even
    confrontational. They will be separated economically, politically, and socially, rather than have true common cause with the communities in which they reside.

    What's the point of allowing this separation, reflective of the "two cities" approach, to continue?

    Easier to police the BID's and their efforts if they are one of us. Particularly if they are using leverage and influence to seek other desperately needed public funds on top of new residential and commercial taxing powers.

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