City Council considers renewal of Stockton Boulevard District
May 18, 2011
A recommendation to renew Stockton Boulevard property and business improvement district was initiated Tuesday at the Sacramento City Council meeting.
The renewal, if approved, means the district will be able to exist and continue the work they are doing.
According to a city staff report approval of this resolution will allow for time and place for the public hearing on the renewal of the district, proposed assessment and notices to be mailed to all property owners in that district.
Originally, the renewal had been scheduled for every five years, and now it is being requested for a 10-year term instead so they can continue to do more, Terrence Johnson, executive director of Stockton Boulevard Partnership said.
According to the Stockton Boulevard Partnership website (stocktonblvdpartnership.org) the organization is devoted to handling matters such as security and safety, image and maintenance, advocacy, and economic development that are affecting the businesses between 2700 Stockton Blvd. at Second Avenue on the north end and 6800 Stockton Blvd., which are part of the district.
In an effort to improve this business corridor, Stockton Boulevard Partnership, along with the city of Sacramento and the Greater Sacramento Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce, hosted a business walk last month. (South Stockton Business Walk)
The walk served to check on the needs of businesses and to connect them with the proper resources so they can flourish.
The staff report highlighted that the goal of the district is to improve safety conditions, cleanliness and the image of the Stockton Boulevard commercial corridor.
They would like to continue with providing such services and eventually make this district a destination spot, Johnson said.
“It is super-important to renew,” Johnson said. “Having (the resolution and reformation of the district) in place will protect business in so many ways.”
“Property owners agreed this (is) a valuable activity,” Johnson noted.
The council’s decision to approve the reformation of this district is pending on ballot results.
Mark Griffin, program manager for Sacramento’s finance department, said the council authorized staff to send out ballots Thursday to property owners in the district.
“(In the ballots), the property owners (of Stockton Boulevard Property and Business Improvement District) will decide if they approve the renewal,” Griffin said.
Once the results from the ballot shows that the majority is in favor, which is 50 percent plus one vote, at least, then the council approves it or abandons it, Griffin added.
According to the staff report, the Stockton Boulevard District was approved by City Council in June of 2006 and became effective in January of 2007.
The staff report shows that the remaining steps to fully renew it for the 10-year term are: A public hearing on July 19 at City Council, ballot results July 26 at City Council, record notice of assessment and assessment diagram on July 28 and an assessment roll, which is a public record of the assessed value of property in a taxing jurisdiction, to county sometime in August.
For more information about the district, look at:www.stocktonblvdpartnership.org