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"If you want this passed, don't force us to pay it," said Glenn Kosirog, who owns some office and retail space along Wesley Street.
Jim Mathieson, who co owns an accounting firm on Wheaton Avenue, said he's happy to pay the extra taxes if it means keeping the downtown viable and warding off decreased property values.
"I can't justify asking them for additional money when I know they can't afford it," Botsis told the council.
"The key here is reinvesting in our community," he said. "If we don't do that we're going to create bigger and worse problems."
Still, not all property owners believe the DWA's services and promotional works benefit them and they want to see the additional tax burden die when it expires in 2012.
"Without the DWA, a lot of people wouldn't know all the stores that are available because we wouldn't have the foot traffic," said Penny Zuidema, who owns Uptown Girl on Wesley Street downtown. "If we don't have the foot traffic, we don't have a business."
DWA President Keven Graham said the group "won't operate" if the taxpayer funding goes away since it accounts for 90 percent of the organization's budget. On Monday night, some shop owners said the DWA's support, and the events they organize to draw folks Nike Soccer Boots Red
parcels on Main Street, where tenants are "already telling me they can't afford" rent.
Still, people who live or pay taxes, including renters, in the proposed special service area can object to the tax extension by picking up an objection form at the city clerk's office, said city manager Don Rose.
About 20 Wheaton taxpayers who would be affected by an extension of a special tax they pay for marketing services made their case for, and for some, against, the proposal at a public hearing Monday night.
Association, which aims to promote downtown businesses and sponsors popular events like The Chili Cook Off and Downtown Trick Or Treat.
That special tax is set to expire in April 2012, so officials with the group and some business owners are hoping the council approve an extension of the tax. This one would be .45 per $100 and would last seven years.
About 40 residents and property owners turned out to a hearing Monday night on a proposed tax that will benefit some downtown property owners. (Michelle Manchir/Tribune)
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