Certification process complicated for BID petition
Opponents of a downtown Janesville Business Improvement District (BID) believe they have enough signatures to stop the project, but certifying those signatures could be complicated.
City Development Specialist Al Hulick says the signatures need to represent property within the BID boundary, need to be from property owners, and the properties need to be assessable within the BID. Hulick says the BID plan only involves mixed-use, commercial or industrial properties. If a residential property owner inadvertently signed the petition those signatures could be considered invalid because it's not an assessable property within the BID. The BID would assess $2.80 per $1,000 assessed value.
If signatures representing forty percent of the total assessable value are on a petition against the BID the project is halted.