Fair Oaks Village Looks to Improvements

Fair Oaks, CA (MPG)  |  By Shelly Lembke
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A group of business owners in the Fair Oaks Village is marshalling support and funds to improve the look and feel of their businesses and properties. Tired of vandalism, trash, loitering and other unfortunate and unsightly issues that have begun to plague the Village, the Fair Oaks Village Enhancement Committee (FOVEC) is taking steps to bring shoppers back to the storefronts by means of a Property & Business Improvement District (PBID) tax.

The PBID tax is one voluntarily paid only by business owners and commercial property owners within a selected zone. Enhancement Committee members are reaching out to other owners and the general public to answer questions and educate on the possible and positive aspects of such a tax. Membership in the FOVEC is limited to business and commercial property owners within the PBID-proposed zone. In addition to business to business outreach, the group has already held a community information meeting and has another scheduled for Wednesday, May 11.

Susan Peters, Third District Supervisor for Sacramento County, issued a statement, saying, “PBIDs are special districts created under state law that allow property owners to raise funds to improve a specific geographical area. Funds generated by PBIDs typically are used for increased security, image enhancement, maintenance like graffiti removal, and capital improvements.” She points to prior successes such as the Fulton Avenue Association and the Carmichael Improvement District. Both groups approved PBIDs that brought significant revitalization to those business areas.

The May 11 meeting is scheduled for 6 pm at the Fair Oaks Community Clubhouse Lower Level, 7997 California Ave, #1. For further information, contact FOVEC member Daneece Frazier at 916-296-5426, by email at FOVEC2011@gmail.com or visit the FOVEC website at www.fovec.org. Frazier is the owner of EJ’s Little People Hair Salon & Boutique in Fair Oaks Village.