Jackson City Council approves Fondren Business District

Business property owners in Fondren have collectively agreed to pay more property taxes each year

Jackson City Council approves Fondren Business District
Fondren business owners are hoping to revitalize the neighborhood. Source: WLBT

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson City Council members vote 6-1 in favor of allowing business property owners in Fondren to impose an additional tax on themselves. It’s part of an effort to create the Fondren Business District.

“It’s smaller and quaint in the middle of Jackson,” said Effie Eubanks, general manager of Walkers Drive Inn.

That's how most people describe the Fondren neighborhood.

Which is why residents and business owners support the Fondren Business District.

David Moncrief is the manager at Barrell House.

“We’ve got to support the places that are actually growing and being developed in Jackson," he said. “Fondren is one of the few places where that is going on.”

So, what is the Fondren Business District?

Business property owners agreed to pay more property taxes each year in order to reinvest back into the neighborhood.

Jim Wilkirson is executive director of the Fondren Renaissance Foundation

“So there is right at 100 property owners that would be included,” explained Wilkirson.

Business property owners would pay a special assessment fee in addition to their yearly taxes.

That money would be used for used for beautification, security and other special projects.

“So, we will be able to take care of the landscaping, trash removal from the area. Things like that the city is burdened to do as well but it not able to do,” he continued.

Wilkirson says the Business District will help not only Fondren, but the entire city.

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