Alexandria City Council discusses potential changes to Business Improvement District vote to exclude absentee property owners

Excluding Unresponsive Property Owners from Old Town Alexandria BID Vote: A Game-Changer for the District?

The proposed business improvement district (BID) in Old Town Alexandria may face exclusion of property owners who do not participate in the voting process. City Council member John Chapman revealed that after reaching out to over 200 property owners about the BID, many did not respond either in favor or against the proposal. However, failing to engage is now considered equivalent to not supporting the project.

Chapman explained that by not counting unresponsive property owners, the proposed BID stands a better chance of gaining approval. This change aligns with the goal of allowing those who have not expressed their opinion on the matter to have another chance to do so before being excluded from the decision-making process. This will ensure that all relevant stakeholders are given an opportunity to contribute to the decision-making process regarding the BID in Old Town Alexandria.

Although past attempts to establish the BID have met opposition from the community, many City Council members expressed their support for this new change. Chapman emphasized the importance of engaging with property owners who have not yet weighed in on the proposal to ensure that their voices are heard and eliminated any negative impact from those who do not participate in the approval process for the BID.

City Council member Sarah Bagley shared that she has received feedback from businesses supporting the BID idea, but facing challenges due to absentee property owners who do not provide their input. The consensus among council members is to enhance outreach efforts to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are given an opportunity to contribute to

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