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Liberty’s Downtown. A Path Forward?. So this is a Long Standing Problem. Lack of vision 50 year decisions Aging infrastructure Budgetary constraints Lack of administration day-to-day Part time attention Piecemeal solutions. Downtown Vacancies. Picture Taken Today.

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liberty s downtown

Liberty’s Downtown

A Path Forward?

so this is a long standing problem
So this is a Long Standing Problem
  • Lack of vision
  • 50 year decisions
  • Aging infrastructure
  • Budgetary constraints
  • Lack of administration day-to-day
  • Part time attention
  • Piecemeal solutions
our strengths and opportunties
Our Strengths and Opportunties
  • Concerned citizens / businesspeople
  • Members of council ready for action
  • Layout of town is unique
  • Central location of town within county
  • Change of administration creates new energy
  • Upcoming election
  • Untapped funding source
htax atax funds
HTAX /ATAX Funds
  • #022-000 Hospitality Tax $71,426.67
  • #023-000 Hospitality Tax Grant $41,720.59
  • #003-000 Accommodations Tax $ 3,537.95

Proposal would not spend any of these funds

022 000 hospitality tax
#022-000 Hospitality Tax
  • 80% of the future revenues from this one fund
  • 20% remain for city’s use
  • Would fund a bond over $500,000.00
  • Pay for a basic downtown streetscaping immediately
  • Not a piecemeal solution – a comprehensive one
  • Make downtown attractive and conducive to business
  • Increase our tax base
  • Actually would PRODUCE NEW tax revenue without spending any new taxpayer money
current uses of this fund
Current uses of this fund
  • Liberty Idol sponsorship $10,000 per year
  • Liberty Idol prize money $6,000 per year
  • Liberty Idol to pay Costner Productions (SWP acct)
  • Liberty Idol equipment, storage and lighting
  • Liberty Idol Security and portajohns
  • Scoreboard for ball field
  • Gazebos almost $40,000.00 in the last three years
  • Pedestrian Park (good, but piecemeal improvement)
  • Miscellaneous (which is scary)
only part of the puzzle however
Only part of the puzzle, however
  • Continue grant applications
  • Seek citizen input
  • Coordinate with Duke Power, AT&T, Northland Cable
  • Educate local businesses
  • Utilize CDBG funding if possible
  • Utilize annual County paving stipend
  • Utilize MASC Main Street program
  • Department of Commerce $6,000.00 grants
  • ACOG expertise
  • County resources
downtown s condition is our choice

Downtown’s Condition is OUR choice

We have the resources RIGHT NOW to fix the problem, but we have to decide to do it.