WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Downtown Inc. has decided not to present its plan to create a Municipal Service District (MSD) to Wilmington City Council Tuesday, but the group says this is not the end of the plan.
WDI executive director John Hinnant says this is just a delay for the plan. Whether it’s two weeks, two months or two years, Hinnant says the plan will come forward.
WDI’s plan for a MSD would tax downtown property and business owners to help pay for an ambassador program and clean-up.
WDI held public meetings to discuss the plan, but it’s clear not everyone is on board, especially stakeholders who have businesses downtown. Some even rallied together to create a petition against the plan.
Gwenyfar Rohler is the manager of Old Books on Front Street. She says she signed the petition to have her voice heard.
“We felt we wanted to have more discussion before this was fait accompli, and we really felt it was presented to us almost fait accompli,” Rohler said. “We would just like to have greater input from the entire group of stakeholders.”
Rohler says her business does not have the money to pay an additional tax right now. She hopes the continued conversation about the plan will take everyone’s issues into consideration.
Hinnant says the petition did not affect WDI’s decision to delay the progression of the plan.