Merchants in Fillmore's Central Avenue district are celebrating downtown renovations this weekend, but the manager of the city's unofficial community center complains that the redevelopment helped cause his $15,000-a-year deficit.
The board of the Fillmore-Piru Memorial Building--which houses service groups, public forums and school district functions--has placed Measure D on the ballot Nov. 6 to raise money. Voters are being asked to approve a $10 assessment per household.
The rehabilitation includes sidewalks, planters, street lights, landscaping and new storefronts. The money for the project comes from property taxes, which have been funneled to the Redevelopment Agency since 1981. Before, taxes went to the Memorial District, school district and county agencies.
In nine years, redevelopment has cost the Memorial District about $45,000, building manager Jon Holley said.
"I think that redevelopment is a good thing. It's needed," Holley said. "But I think the way it is funded is unfair."