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Alexandria City Council deliberates on revising Business Improvement District vote to exclude absentee property owners

City Council member John Chapman has proposed a change to the business improvement district (BID) in Old Town, Alexandria that could exclude property owners who have not engaged at all from the 60% requirement for approval. Currently, remaining silent on the project is seen as not supporting it, and over 200 property owners did not respond to outreach for the Old Town BID, neither in favor nor against the proposal.

Chapman believes that adjusting the counting process would ensure that absent property owners do not influence the percentage of property owners in favor or against the BID. However, previous attempts to establish it have faced resistance from the community. Members of the City Council expressed their support for the proposed change but emphasized the importance of conducting additional outreach to property owners who have not participated in the decision-making process.

The goal is to provide those property owners with another opportunity to voice their opinions on the creation of the BID. If they choose to remain uninvolved, their properties would not be counted in determining the outcome of the BID. The City Council aims to prevent non-participating property owners from negatively impacting its establishment. Sarah Bagley, another council member, noted that some businesses support

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