Opponents scuttle business tax in Lawrenceville

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The campaign of the Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh to defeat the proposed Business Improvement District in Lawrenceville has succeeded, with 200 opposition forms filed, according to Ryan Barton, RAMP government affairs director.

He announced today that opposition represented more than 57 percent of the commercial property owners who would have been affected by an increased assessment. Only 40 percent opposition would have been necessary.

The Lawrenceville Corp., which could not be reached for comment, initiated the BID effort.

The BID tax -- on commercial property owners from 34th to 57th streets on Butler Street and from 33rd to 34th and 40th to 45th streets on Penn Avenue -- would have paid for private services such as streetscape improvement, clean-ups and maintenance and amenities such as flower boxes and street furniture.

Today was the deadline for voting. The results have yet to be certified by the city.

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Diana Nelson Jones: djones@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1626.


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