Follow live Twitter coverage of the city’s public input meeting on the controversial proposal for a Business Improvement District in downtown Asheville. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Asheville Civic Center ballroom.
Below, we have curated Twitter dispatches by Xpress Senior Staff Reporter David Forbes.
11:54 a.m. RT @mxnews: City seeks input on downtown Asheville BID at tonight’s meeting http://t.co/IvHbKEcz
3:55 p.m. mxnews Towns, fire chiefs oppose Asheville BID due to loss of sales tax revenue http://t.co/cLG2I73w
5:13 p.m. mtg about to start in Civic Center. City staff setting up tables focusing on Board seats, Board selection, Ambassadors, BID Services
5:14 p.m. A number of my neighbors asked me about issue/mtg. Encouraged them to attend, but most are working tonight.
5:19 p.m. If you can’t make tonight’s meeting, here’s how to let Council know your opinion http://t.co/JMnwPdy2
5:32 p.m. Council members Marc Hunt and Chris Pelly are here
5:52 p.m. Avl resident Jeff McLarty: Gone from ardently opposed to to ambiguous, still concerned will divide downtown from rest of city.
5:54 p.m. Downtown resident Buck Bragg: See problems every day w litter, safety. best way to solve.
5:55 p.m. Matthew Burd: Only beneficial things offers (like cleaning) could be better handled by local non-profits like Asheville Greenworks.
5:56 p.m. Faith Rhyne: will “reinforce existing economic/cultural segregation” in downtown Asheville.
5:59 p.m. Tracy Hyorth: Involved in similiar proposals to in ‘80s, city more involved then, now seems more just one group pressing this.
6:00 p.m. About 15 local homeless, protesters have entered wearing Ambassador sashes
6:00 p.m. Number of ppl have concerns over role of “ambassadors,” esp security function
6:03 p.m. One of the homeless, Bro Blu: Wearing sashes because more sections of community need to be involved in this issue
6:29 p.m. Group of downtown residents who oppose gathered around Council mem Chris Pelly, say they feel unrepresented, unheard in process
6:35 p.m. Some of the residents say tried to get table at for opposition, feel process slanted. Pelly advises them to get organized
6:36 p.m. Pelly to Xpress: Understand concerns of residents about, may look at 2-tier tax (more for biz, less for residents)
6:42 p.m. Downtown resident Ann Snell: Car broken into twice recently, “downtown is deteriorating” need, but understand tax concerns.
6:43 p.m. Libertie Valance, Firestorm worker/owner: Feel like mtg is about how we’d like to look, rather than input about if one shld exist.
6:44 p.m. Sye, Firestorm worker/owner: This meeting “seems incredibly stacked” in favor of, more geared to input about details.
6:45 p.m. Midnight, one of the homeless protesters who showed up: Started group to pick up trash near AHOPE. Many of us care about area
6:50 p.m. Pelly: Found out state law doesn’t allow two-tier tax for, tax increase has to be same across the board.
6:56 p.m. Official options for ambassador duties on left, additions from attendees on right http://t.co/XWXqDYGY
6:59 p.m. Of the unofficial options for ambassador roles, “none” got the most votes (37).
6:59 p.m. Attendees to meeting voting for ambassador duties w stickers.Of the official options, reporting cleaning needs has most (17).
7:02 p.m. Crowd dying down at meeting. About 60 people here at height, though that included a fair number of staff, BID board
7:14 p.m. Council mem Marc Hunt talking w some attendees, telling them he’s heard more downtown residents against, more biz owners for
7:21 p.m. meeting wrapping up.
8:44 p.m. RT @mxnews: Differing views at downtown Asheville BID meeting http://t.co/fPRk5yWl
8:44 p.m. mxnews Differing views at downtown Asheville BID meeting http://t.co/xNJCSU20