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Eisenhower Pkwy tax plan postponed until next year
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The plan to implement a Community Improvement District in Macon's Eisenhower Parkway corridor has been postponed until next year.

Mark Stevens, CID organizer and regional development officer for Hull Storey Gibson Co. - owners of Macon Mall - told 13WMAZ on Tuesday that they were not going to make the June 30 deadline to implement the tax plan.

The goal of the CID was to levy a 1 to 5 mill increase on property owners within the district to help generate $400,000 a year in revenue over the next six years. The money would be used to make beautification upgrades within the corridor, traffic flow improvements, changes in store entrances, and to purchase dilapidated hotels by Interstate 475.

More than half of the property owners, or owners of 75 percent of all the corridors' assessed value, would have to agree to join the CID for it to be implemented.

Stevens said while a majority of the property owners are willing to join the CID, they have not been able to get consent from many of the area's national retailers.

"We may have to get on a plane and go to some of these national offices," Stevens said.

Consent from all of the property owners was needed by April 15. Since the CID required electing a board, it would have to be advertised in the newspaper four times and all of the information would have to be turned in to the tax commissioner's office by June 30.

"We're not going to be able to get it this year, but we're still going to do it," said Stevens adding that they'll make the deadline June 30, 2015.


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