If you own property in Mount Vernon, Bolton Hill, Madison Park, and Charles North, you may be familiar with the Midtown Community Benefits District. You might be familiar with it because you pay the organization money every year, around the same time you pay your taxes. You should be familiar with it because of what it does for you. The organization was created in 1996 to make these four communities "stronger, better places to live and work." It is a citizen run group that is there to advocate and improve conditions in our neighborhoods. How do these citizens implement their plans? They use the property tax surcharge that we give them in a variety of ways. Would you like to know on what they spend the money? Check it out! Currently, a draft of 2011 budget is available at www.midtowncommunity.org/2011 A presentation of the proposed 2011 Midtown Budget will be given on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 7pm. The location is Payne Memorial Church, 1714 Madison Ave. (Corner of Laurens.) This is part of the regularly scheduled spring Town Hall Meeting, and the keynote speaker is Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake. I certainly intend to the be there, and encourage all other property owners and neighbors to attend.
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