Nevada City Chamber won’t support improvement district |

Nevada City Chamber won’t support improvement district

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce board voted Monday evening not to endorse a Business Improvement District proposed for downtown Nevada City.

Board members stifled their personal views on the proposed district to stand behind their membership, which voted against the proposed district.

The Chamber had polled its 358 members on the merits of the district, which would impose a mandatory fee on downtown business owners in exchange for access to community grant money and formalized downtown improvement efforts.

About a third of the ballots were returned: 43 members voted to endorse the district, and 83 voted against endorsement.

Several Chamber board members, including vehement district opponent Tom Coleman, owner of the National Hotel, said they realize the effort to create a district will continue and said they expect to work with district proponents.

“I don’t think there’s any animosity,” Coleman said.

Wyn Spiller, a district proponent, said she was not concerned about the vote.

“I’m encouraged by the discussion,” said Spiller, president of the Nevada City Winery. “We are all working toward the same goal.”

Spiller said district advocates will continue discussing plans with downtown business owners and preparing for a currently unscheduled presentation for the City Council.

For the district to be created, it would need to be supported by votes from the City Council and a majority of the businesses that would pay the fee.

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