A downtown revitalization project in Janesville could be over before it even begins.
The city is reveiwing a petition signed by as many as two-thirds of downtown property owners asking it to scrap the idea. The city council was scheduled to vote on establishing a business improvement district, or BID, next week, that would have included an extra tax on many downtown properties. Those behind the project say there was a lot of misinformation surrounding it.
"There are 84 other communities in wisconsin that do it very well. It's state statute. The process is transparent and open to anyone who wants to be involved. It has to be approved and renewed every single year. I'm not sure people should be afraid of something that has been so successful in so many other towns," explained Jim Alverson, a member of the Downtown Development Alliance.
Janesville has tried to establish BID districts twice before with little success. Supporters of the BID hope to try again in the future, after the city picks a new manager.