Proposed program would reward businesses for spruced-up signage
by Rachel Miller
July 28, 2013 11:07 PM | 3423 views | 1 1 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dave Reardon, owner of Shillings on the Square, is a Downtown Marietta Development Authority board member who supports giving funds to neighboring businesses for awnings and signs. At the end of June, Reardon celebrated the 35th anniversary of opening Shillings, on the corner of Church and Mill streets.
Dave Reardon, owner of Shillings on the Square, is a Downtown Marietta Development Authority board member who supports giving funds to neighboring businesses for awnings and signs. At the end of June, Reardon celebrated the 35th anniversary of opening Shillings, on the corner of Church and Mill streets.
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MARIETTA — Even though the Downtown Marietta Development Authority unanimously voted to keep its millage rate for 2013 at 2.09 mills on Thursday, which is the same as the 2012 rate, the district will draw in $5,782 less.

The special tax district encompassing Marietta’s downtown will see a drop of 3.5 percent in the tax digest to $152,601 levied in 2013, according to the development authority’s attorney Tom Cauthorn.

Cauthorn said the DMDA has 343 taxable parcels in its redevelopment district.

Board member James Eubanks, whose family owns property downtown, said it was time the authority set some long-term goals for redevelopment, one being to freshen up the look of Marietta’s downtown.

Eubanks proposed an incentive program to encourage existing and prospective business owners to install new signs, awnings and window decals.

The program would allow the authority to match the funds businesses spend to make upgrades.

“It is a reward for sprucing up things,” Eubanks said.

Each donation could be up to $2,000 per licensed business operating at a location within the tax district. The program would cap at $20,000 spent by the authority each year.

Business owners would submit an application with receipts to the authority to be reimbursed for 50 percent of the costs. It is still unclear if an applicant can be preapproved or must wait until after the installation is complete.

Buildings not taxed by the authority, such as government facilities and churches, would be exempt, Cauthorn said.

The authority will finalize guidelines and set a start date for the program at the next meeting.

The board meets the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Marietta City Hall.

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July 29, 2013
This is great, now we are going to pay Phillip Goldstein to clean up his buildings and make them more presentable. Being Goldstien is on the city council, owns 75% of the square and probably voted for this, how do you spell "CONFLICT OF INTEREST"
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