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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 1:25 am

COEUR d'ALENE - The city of Coeur d'Alene is suggesting property owners chip in $1.2 million for improvements along Front Avenue tied to the McEuen Field reconstruction project.

Whether property owners agree to that or a different amount will come down the line, but the City Council agreed Tuesday night to initiate the formation of an Local Improvement District (LID).

The LID would ask Front Avenue property owners whose properties would benefit from public street improvements to pay around 42 percent of the $2.9 million street improvement project, City Administrator Wendy Gabriel said.

It breaks down to $400 a front foot, but those numbers could shift as the city and property owners continue to meet to discuss payment possibilities.

"We are here to ask you to just kick the ball down the road and start the process," Gabriel said. "You're not asked this evening to determine what dollar amount yet, we're bringing you some project costs and estimates later."

The LID would pay for street improvements from which would benefit affected property owners between Second and Seventh Street. It would not include costs associated with the park improvement.

Front Avenue was identified as the city's "third street" in its downtown three-street plan when it adopted its Main Street Theory following a public space study years ago.

Part of that plan, in a nutshell, said the city should design its downtown on the three major streets: Front, Sherman and Lakeside. Improvements on the latter two have been partially paid for by an LID. Sherman's LID called for property owners to pay around $1 million, while Lakeside's was around $732,000.

Front Avenue improvements were held off because the city wanted to coincide improvements there with the park project, which had been on the city's radar for years.

While the council agreed to the concept Tuesday, the LID would have to go before the council several more times before it could be adopted. The public hearing on an LID would be Jan. 2, but the public would also have a chance to comment at a Dec. 18 meeting. If an LID passes those rounds, the ordinance would go up for adoption Jan. 14 with the first bill of a possible 10-year LID due January 2015.

* The City Council also agreed to adopt a new stormwater fee ordinance that would charge affected residential property owners $3.76 or $4.13 a month, depending whether stormwater from their property utilizes swales or hard pipes, with swale users having the higher charge of the two.

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12 comments:

  • concernedcitizen posted at 5:53 am on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    I think it is hilarious all of the "ANTI" recallers that bought into the dog and pony show. I say tax the HECK out of 'em. GHEEZ, double it even. After all, aren't most of these people the ones that ran right out and bought up that property while sitting on a board of some kind or the friend OF a sitting board member?

    And those high rise dwellers are all millionaires that don't put much back into the local economy sooooooo, TAX AWAY BABY!

     
  • kimknerl posted at 9:34 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    kimknerl Posts: 286

    "We are here to ask you to just kick the ball down the road and start the process," Gabriel said.

    Are we talking about a ping pong ball, a basketball, or a wrecking ball?
    Oh, I know! I’ll bet it’s about the size of a bocce ball…

     
  • kimknerl posted at 9:33 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    kimknerl Posts: 286

    "We are here to ask you to just kick the ball down the road and start the process," Gabriel said.

    Are we talking about a ping pong ball, a basketball, or a wrecking ball?
    Oh, I know! I’ll bet it’s about the size of a bocce ball…

     
  • kimknerl posted at 9:32 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    kimknerl Posts: 286

    "We are here to ask you to just kick the ball down the road and start the process," Gabriel said.

    Are we talking about a ping pong ball, a basketball, or a wrecking ball?
    Oh, I know! I’ll bet it’s about the size of a bocce ball…

     
  • Mac posted at 9:18 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    Mac Posts: 79

    Everytime I read anything about decisions made by the City of CdA, I thank God that I live two blocks outside the city limits. Living here has turned me religious.

     
  • Mac posted at 9:17 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    Mac Posts: 79

    Everytime I read 'anything' about decisions made by the City of CdA, I thank God that I live two blocks outside the city limits.
    Living here has turned me religious.

     
  • rebmem posted at 8:02 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    rebmem Posts: 101

    It's not a tax, it is simply a method of financing.

     
  • mister d posted at 7:28 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    And the costs keep going up up up. Not a surprise for those of us who signed the recall.

     
  • Mary Souza posted at 7:18 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    Mary Souza Posts: 813

    Some of the people living there are upset now because they were *promised* that their taxes would not go up if they supported the park and stood against the Recall. The Recall is looking pretty good in hindsight, isn't it?

     
  • rebmem posted at 7:05 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    rebmem Posts: 101

    Got my morning laugh right there! Didn't even have to get to the funny pages!!

     
  • voxpop posted at 5:00 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Those who live along Front, across from McEuen, were the primary proponents of this money grab by the city council. They should pay the entire cost of the LID, and smile as they hold their ankles.

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 4:51 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    I think it should be $10,000 a front foot. Get em, CDA, make SURE you get as much money as you can! I mean, we can't LIVE without spending that $14 MILLION DOLLARS of taxpayer money; so go get some more! (Drippng sarcasm...)

     
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