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File #: 1893-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 8/14/2020 In control: Small & Minority Business Committee
On agenda: 9/14/2020 Final action: 9/17/2020
Title: To determine to proceed with the Plan for Services of the Discovery Special Improvement District of Columbus, Inc.; to provide for the levy of assessment in said district; and to declare an emergency.
Explanation
BACKGROUND: This Council is being asked to determine to proceed with the Plan for Services of the Discovery Special Improvement District of Columbus, Inc.; to provide for the levy of assessment in said district; and to declare an emergency.

In 2003 the Discovery District Development Corporation asked Capitol South Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation to initiate an effort to work with Discovery District property owners to create a Special Improvement District on the east side of downtown. Property owners were surveyed and overwhelmingly were in support of the proposal and created the Discovery Special Improvement District (Discovery SID) for an initial five year period. The Discovery SID has operated successfully since its inception and was reauthorized in 2010 and again in 2015. The current term will conclude in December 2020.

A one petition process has been initiated in which at least 60%of the property owners within the District signed that they are interested in reauthorizing the SID and they approve of the Plan for Services for services to be provided by the SID. This petition was accepted and approved by Columbus City Council by Ordinance No. 0808-2020, passed May 4, 2020. Another action required by the Ohio Revised Code is the approval of Resolution No. 0068X-2020, passed May 18, 2020.

A third resolution to declare the necessity to implement the Plan for Services adopted by the Discovery SID and the necessity to levy a special assessment for the services set forth in said Plans of Services upon the lots and lands benefiting under the Plans for Services was accepted and approved by City Council by Resolution No. 0101X-2020, passed June 29, 2020.

This legislation is the fourth and the final one of four actions required by Chapter 1710 of the Ohio Revised code to reauthorize.

Emergency action is required to enable the Discovery Special Improvement District of Columbus, Inc. to allow the special assessment process to proceed in a tim...

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