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Downtown Issues Discussed At City Council Work Session

March 11th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Talks toward abolishing the special mall tax; reconfiguring the Downtown Development Commission; and redefining the role and hiring someone to serve as downtown place manager were all on the agenda Tuesday during an afternoon work session of the Cumberland City Council. The mall tax was created in 1979 to pay off the debt created with the conversion of Baltimore Street into a pedestrian mall. CEDC executive director Paul Kelly points out that with the debt now satisfied- there is no longer a need for the tax with he says serves as a deterrent to attracting and retaining business…


One Response to “Downtown Issues Discussed At City Council Work Session”

  1. March 11, 2020 at 12:08 pm, Ken said:

    Where does Paul and the CEDC expect to get the money for the Downtown Manger and to fund the special events that the DDC currently host on the mall to attract patrons? These things are vital to a majority of the businesses currently located there, and very important for us a community as well. Paul expect the new AEDC to pay for these things? If the new AEDC does absorb this responsibility will it also pay for Frostburg’s? Coney’s? Westernport’s?


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