Mpls. Downtown Ambassadors Get a Big Vote to Keep Jobs
A Minneapolis City Council Committee gave unanimous approval to keep the Downtown Improvement District (DID) fee in place.
The DID collects $6 million a year from commercial property owners in a 120 block area of downtown to keep the "Ambassadors" program alive, among other jobs. There is large support to continue the district fee but there are business property owners who think it is too expensive and should be absorbed into other city departments. They also think all property owners should contribute to the assessment.
There is a group of business owners who are circulating a petition against the DID fee and the expenditure for the "Ambassadors" program. If they get 35 percent of the assessed commercial property owners to sign the petition, by state law, the DID would be shut down for 2014. It could not be considered for reinstatement until 2015.
The full City Council will vote on the DID fee next Friday. Those who are trying to kill the fee by petition have until Nov. 22 to get the necessary 35 percent of signatures to be approved.