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Margaret S. Chin
NYC Council Member, District 1 Manhattan
165 Park Row, Suite 11
New York, New York 10038
Re: OPPOSITION to the proposed SoHo BID
Dear Councilmember Chin:
I do business in SoHo, within the boundary of the proposed Broadway SoHo Business Improvement District.
I am writing to express strong opposition to the Broadway SoHo BID proposal. It is a plan that does little to actually improve the district and will add a financial burden to my operations.
Those promoting this BID are focusing almost entirely on retail and have failed to consider the impact their plan will have on other businesses in the area. They have not gained the strong community support required for any BID proposal.
The BID fee — essentially a tax — that would be imposed will lead to unnecessary increases in the cost of doing business in SoHo. The last thing we need is to have the city levying additional charges on local businesses.
I appeal to your better judgment and urgently request that you stop the SoHo BID.