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Decatur Diary | November 3, 2010

“The New Main Street”:
Getting Down to Business

Did you know Decatur’s tax base has a higher residential percentage than most anywhere else around? That means it’s our property owners who foot the bulk of the bill.

It’s most likely not talking out of turn to assume there’ll be increasing pressure over time to maintain or, even better, reduce our individual tax burdens. But how, exactly, does that work? If our revenues don’t come from homeowners, where will they come from?

Do these symbols hold the secret to our economic future?

The answer lies in effectively increasing our commercial and office contributions, while maximizing the types of residents who put more in tax-wise than they take out in services. But getting that right means understanding our strengths, leveraging them to attract desired development, and then directing that development to the places we want it to be.

Sounds easy, right?

Join us Thursday night, November 4, from 7-9pm, as we explore the larger economic realities that impact our local efforts and drill down on what sort of growth strategies are most desired by residents.

During the meeting at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, participants will get hands-on with a city map, looking at each of our potential growth areas and determining what uses are most in line with their context and surrounding needs. There will then be discussion of what services and employment options are lacking in Decatur and how we might go about attracting them.

If you enjoy getting down to business, especially when it involves dealing with regional, national and global factors we have no control over, then this is the session for you. We look forward to seeing you there.

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