Petition for Oak Cliff improvement district fails


The group pushing for a North Oak Cliff Public Improvement District has not gained enough signatures to bring the proposal to City Council.

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The Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce and several prominent business and commercial property owners had proposed a 12-cent tax per $100 of valuation on commercial and multifamily properties for seven years. It could’ve raised about $160,000 per year to be used for public safety, marketing and public improvements in the Bishop Arts, Jefferson Boulevard and Beckley/Zang areas.

But they needed 60 percent of the affected property owners to sign on before City Council could consider it. And they didn’t quite get there.

The group started their petition drive just six weeks before the deadline.

“We made a valiant effort, but it does not look like we are going to make our goal … on our this first try,” outgoing chamber president Bob Stimson stated in a letter to supporters.

He says they could try again next year.

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