Why we should keep DDA funding!

There have been numerous editorials about the village council and the DDA all of which I find quite disturbing. They state they are not trying to get rid of the DDA, just the funding.
Well without funding there will be no DDA and basically bye-bye to our lovely village. There will be no one to keep our Main Street accreditation, no one writing and applying for numerous grants, no one supporting the downtown businesses, and no one to keep this village vibrant.
Our village needs this group to stay funded so that they continue to support private investments and business growth through loans, sponsorships and grants, capital improvements to public infrastructures, and additional programs designed to increase economic activity.
The DDA enhances the quality of life for the residents of Lake Orion through economic and physical revitalization of the downtown business district.
The DDA acts as an advocate for a safe, clean, attractive and successful business district. A strong downtown isn’t merely a boom for business owners.
It also benefits property owners through increased occupancy rates, increased stability, reduced crime, vandalism and more.
Residents and those who visit downtown can see their home values increase, have better shopping, more restaurants, updated playgrounds and green space, and can see the positive trickle-down effects when dollars are spent at a local business and money put back into the village.
Let’s not let a few people who are on their soap box every week convince you that getting rid of the funding for the DDA will put more money in your pocket. You will never see it.
DDA captured money will be distributed elsewhere throughout the county, grants will go away and our quaint wonderful village will suffer for it.
Please vote in the upcoming November election! A “NO” vote on the ballet will retain the DDA!

Rene’ Kalso-Samet
Lake Orion

One response to “Why we should keep DDA funding!”

  1. (my thoughts)@Rene,what do you SHOP for in the Quaint Village,???? like 300 different type’s of beer ON TAP, new Baseball cards,? have your wedding dress hemmed/let out?, buy some joks,costume?, new tile counter for the kitchen? insurance for the home/car? how about a new tattoo? have your nailes polished? dine out side in January? have a family pic taken? get some kitting twine? how about an ice cream cone in Dec. if they are open in Dec. if they are open, stock up on vitamin’s with 15min parking, or use handy-cap parking on all corners (Flint and Broadway, Lapeer st and Flint w/parallel parking and 3 intersections to cross (there’s some REAL PLANNING) to a restaurant?how about new window treatment?,have a spine adjustment, new jogging shoes? have your bike repaired(while you waite) or buy a new one) yes mamm the down town has it all, but what i really need, portable outside patio’s for outside eating(that take up 3+parking slots) Yes sere rebob, the DT HAS IT ALL. For 5ooth a yr, you might just EXPECT a little more but now you can look forward to paying off 5m bond by 2038 by 100per of the res. to be used by less 5percent and still no store to buy a lofe of bread or a gal. of milk.

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