BID chairman worried about proposed funding cuts

Carter Haydu
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While this year’s Sidewalk Days should continue as usual, Moose Jaw Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) chairman Dale Harvey said a recent city council committee decision could put into question the organization’s ability to host the event in future years.

“I think it was a poorly judged move,” Harvey told the Times-Herald on Wednesday.

During Tuesday’s budget committee, a majority of councillors and the mayor voted to cut Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) funding in 2010.

Currently, the city funds BID with $18,827 a year. At Tuesday’s meeting, Coun. Dawn Luhning (former council representative on BID) said BID has become almost exclusively an event organizing committee and has moved away from its original purpose of downtown enhancement.

Luhning said funding cuts will give the BID board the opportunity to review what it does in the community. She added BID has saved a lot of money over the years from leftover cash from the city’s annual grant, so cutting the group’s funding in 2010 will not mean disaster for BID and its annual events.

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.


Organizations: Times-Herald, BID board

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  • Another Dave
    April 16, 2010 - 08:46

    KInd of makes you wonder why, you have councillors on BID, who in fac represent BID at City Council do not support this organization. Bit of a conflict of interest I would say. If you don't increase the budget for years, what do you expect. How much downtown improvement does 18,000 get you anyways. A couple of benches and flower pots. Wow.! Don't give BID an increase for years and then cry they have strayed from their mandate.

  • DM
    April 14, 2010 - 18:05

    This is a good move. I have never figured out why a main artery in the city (#2 Highway) should be closed for days to accommodate beer gardens and hamburger stands. If people want Moose Jaw to be classed as a city, treat it like one. Main Street is not part of the Hometown Fair grounds.

  • Ron
    April 14, 2010 - 16:44

    So does this mean that the good fiscal management by BID ( saving leftover cash) results in punishment for them .... by cutting funding?