DOWNTOWNS ATLANTIC CONFERENCE

NEBA became a member of Downtowns Atlantic Canada this spring, and both Patty and Tracy attended the DAC Conference in St. John, NB, from May 25 - May 27. It was a great opportunity to connect with Business Improvement District leaders and staff from around the Atlantic provinces, share best practices, and discuss issues and ideas for promoting downtowns and main-streets throughout the region. Highlights from the conference include a presentation from both the planner and BID leader of the the downtown Burlington Vermont plan (planBTV). The planBTV was passed around at the Centre Plan meeting at FRED on May 30th, —it provides some great inspiration. Stefano Grande, from Downtown Winnipeg, ga

NEWS ON SMALL BUSINESS TAX REFORM!

Executive Director Patty Cuttell presented to the Law Amendments committee on May 16th to ask the provincial government to grant HRM's request to have greater authority in setting taxes and charges respecting the general tax rate and area rates for both residential and commercial properties. The amendment brought forward in Bill 177 by the provincial government was not what HRM asked for, nor was it what the BIDs have been advocating for. Bill 177 would not enable the creation of differentiated tax rates — it would only stretch out the period in which to pay increased taxes. To read more about Bill 177, and our issues with it, check out the media coverage we received. NEBA, along with other

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