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Improvement area and levy stay

Parksville’s downtown business improvement area and association will continue for another five years.

“We’re obviously excited,” said Parksville Downtown Business Association (PDBA) president Kevin Clayton. “We work closely with the city to promote the downtown. We’re all very happy.”

The city took over the renewal process for the PDBA’s third mandate last year and conducted a reverse petition process to keep the improvement area and business levy.

Under the new process more than half of the property owners in the area would have to return petitions to the city saying they didn’t want to renew the BIA.

Debbie Comis, Parksville director of administrative services, reported to council that of the 249 petitions sent out, 49 were returned, but only 24 “were determined to be sufficient and valid,” she said, pointing out they have to be signed by a majority of a property’s owners.

The PDBA had gone to downtown business owners twice in the last six years to get majority support for the levy that allows them to pool resources for downtown programs including beautification and promotion. The levy provides them with $150,000 in annual funding.

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