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Business Brief: Becton Details Plan For Special Taxing District In Baymeadows

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Jacksonville Daily Record
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City Council member Danny Becton presented the plan for a Baymeadows Community Improvement District at a town hall meeting Wednesday.

A Dependent Special Taxing District in Baymeadows to pay for repairs of deteriorating privately owned roads and infrastructure could mean up to a $500 annual assessment on single-family homes in the area.

District 11 City Council member Danny Becton detailed his proposed legislation to create the Baymeadows Community Improvement District at a town hall meeting Wednesday.

The district, if approved by council, could add up to a $5,000 assessment on multifamily properties in the neighborhood.

The assessment would be added to property tax bills and would be in addition to homeowners association fees. It would pay for roads, street lighting and stormwater drainage projects.

It would be the first time a private Jacksonville community used Florida’s dependent special district statute for infrastructure repairs.

The district would collect the money for the neighborhoods to execute projects in the Baymeadows Community Plan that was approved by council in 2014.

At the town hall meeting at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Deerwood Center, Becton urged Baymeadows residents — represented by nine homeowners associations — to look at the area as a single entity.

An expanded version of this story that includes cost breakdowns and comments from Becton is at JaxDailyRecord.com.