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Rome City Commission to discuss new TAD districts, opioid settlements, and downtown parking Monday

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023–3:41 p.m.

-David Crowder, WRGA News-

The Rome City Commission is set to hold a public hearing regarding the next two Tax Allocation Districts when they meet Monday night.

The Martha Berry TAD is only 41 parcels and 131 acres. The southern boundary rests at West Ninth Street and moves up toward North Fifth Avenue and West 12th Street. The northern boundary stops just short of Harbin Clinic.

The North Broad TAD could include 162 parcels on 181 acres. The boundaries would go from Turner McCall Boulevard all the way up to North Avenue. It goes as far east as Thankful Baptist Church. The proposed district has grown during discussions held by the Rome Redevelopment Committee, with the idea that it would be an entire corridor. However, there has been talk about splitting this area up into smaller TAD districts or reducing the overall size.

If the TADs are established, any increase in property taxes stemming from improvements would be funneled back into the project for a set number of years. The taxing entities would have to agree to forgo the money.

Documents related to the latest opioid settlements to be presented Monday

The Rome City Commission will also discuss the latest opioid settlements during Monday’s meeting.

Five new proposed national settlements have been reached with Teva, Allergan, CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart.

The State of Georgia is participating in these latest settlements.

Paperwork must be submitted on or before April 18, 2023, in order for the City of Rome to be considered for initial participation calculations and payment eligibility.

Downtown parking on agenda for caucus

During the pre-meeting caucus, the commission will hear a presentation regarding parking downtown.

The Rome Downtown Development Authority is looking at temporarily removing the 3-hour time limit for parking on Broad Street for a couple of months, as part of a parking study.

According to DDA director Aundi Lesley, the aim of the study will be to get true, hard data about how long consumers are staying downtown and if the time limit changes consumer behavior.

The preliminary plan is to suspend enforcement of the time limit during the months of March and April.

This would only apply to on-street parking on Broad, not the parking decks.

Monday’s Rome City Commission meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Rome City Hall. The caucus starts at 5 p.m.

You can view the agenda here.