DDD, S&WB to hold second meeting on millage increase

The Sewerage and Water Board is asking downtown property owners to pay an increased millage to improve drainage. They may encounter some skepticism at a meeting this evening.

The water system's proposed Infrastructure & Funding Plan would include a millage increase on property owners in the Downtown Development District. That would mean getting the approval of the DDD's Board of Commissioners, so the DDD is having the S&WB present its ideas to their members. 

DDD President and CEO Kurt Weigle says a lot of them may be skeptical, especially coming on top of recent property reassessments.

"Their valuations have increased, and thus their tax bill, so everyone's looking at this tax in context of this larger environment," Weigle said.

Weigle says there are a lot of questions.

"Would it be spent as our statute requires: just downtown, for projects that are above and beyond what is a normal city or Sewerage and Water Board service?" he said. "How will it be spent in a way that actually gives them more for their money?"

Weigle notes recent rain has caused flooding in parts of downtown that haven't seen it before, and something needs to be done.

The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at The Stage Door Canteen at the National World War Two Museum.