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Downtown owners to decide on ‘PBID’

More than 200 ballots have been mailed to property owners in the Downtown Merced corridor to vote in favor of, or against, the creation of a Property Based Business Improvement District, otherwise known as a “PBID.” With a PBID, the owners would be agreeing to assess themselves a property tax that would generate a revenue stream (they would…

Council shifts to subsidize Local Housing Trust Fund plan

Just last summer, a slight 4-3 majority of the Merced City Council was not too keen on the creation of a Local Housing Trust Fund (LHTF) that would tap city discretionary funds, along with a dollar-for-dollar state match, to support new affordable housing efforts. Some members argued the amount of local General Fund money would not be…

City Leaders Review Goals and Areas Of Focus

City leaders met at the Civic Center on Feb. 11 to discuss goals and priorities as budget planning begins for the upcoming fiscal year. During the nearly four hour meeting, members of the Merced City Council raised a number of issues they would like to see city staff focus on in 2023. The discussion included topics of public…