Norcross officials extend support to new tax district

The city of Norcross could contribute some cash to a business effort to revitalize the area.

City Council members talked this week about giving $5,000 to the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement Association.

"The truth is, if anybody's going to pay it we should pay it for what it's going to do to Buford Highway and Beaver Ruin," Councilman David McLeroy said.

The association is working to form Gwinnett's third community improvement district, an area where business owners agree to tax themselves in order to pay for upgrades to the infrastructure.

Portions of the districts boundaries are expected to be within the city limits, but the government doesn't have to sign on.

But the city council has been working on its own revitalization of Buford Highway and Mayor Lillian Webb and other council members saw the association working hand in hand.

"I think it's going to help all the businesses on Jimmy Carter, Buford Highway and Beaver Ruin," Webb said.

This week's discussion was during a council work session, but giving the money out of the city's contingency fund could become official during next week's regular meeting.

Last ditch effort

Also on Monday, the city council will vote on whether or not to switch to a city administrator form of government.

Councilman Josh Bare, who lost a re-election bid last month, asked that the matter be put on Monday's agenda so he could vote on it before he steps down.

"It's important to me, and I want to put it on the agenda and vote it up or vote it down," he said.

Terry Bowie, who will replace Bare in January, said he thought the move was an attempt to vote the city administrator idea down before the new councilmen take office.

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