CAA wants tax district to fund cleanliness efforts

The Campustown Action Association wants businesses in the district to help pay for cleanup and maintenance. Director Karin Chitty says they'll ask the Ames City Council to create a Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District that would funnel tax dollars into the existing Make Campustown Shine program. She says property owners of commercial-only buildings would take a $2 tax increase per every $1,000 of taxable value, while mixed-use building owners would see a $5 per $1,000 increase. CAA estimates those taxes would raise about $85,000 in revenue per year to supplement about $40,000 in grants from the city. Chitty says the request goes before the city's Planning and Zoning Commission later this month, with city council action possible in June.