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Business Owners Upset Over Midtown Changes And Fees

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Midtown business owners upset with changes and fees. Midtown business owners upset with changes and fees.

The city hopes to capitalize on Midtown's growing popularity.

On Tuesday, it voted to designate the area as a “Business Improvement District.”

It's the same move the city has made with seven other areas of town including Bricktown, Deep Duece and Automobile Alley.

The distinction means improvements to the area and more marketing.

“For districts to grow, thrive and survive, they need some sort of professional management,” said Jane Jenkins, CEO of Downtown Oklahoma City Inc., the company that will now manage and market Midtown.

Ideas include better signage, landscaping and security. Downtown OKC will also promote annual events.

“I'm $975-worth a year disappointed,” said Midtown attorney Anita Sanders.

That's the assessment amount Sanders was told she will have to pay.

Sanders said Midtown property taxes are already going up, but she feels services haven't improved.

At her N.W. 10th office west of St. Anthony's Hospital, Sanders said she still deals with theft and vandalism.

She feels an addition fee of nearly $1,000 each years is way too much to pay.

“I don't need their marketing to help me find clients,” said Sanders..

The attorney told News 9 she is one of 12 Midtown lawyers now fighting to be excluded from the Business Improvement District.

Downtown OKC claims the majority of those who own Midtown's 291 included properties are willing to pay for the extra publicity.

“Business Improvement Districts have transformed downtowns across the country,” said Jenkins.

Jenkins also said she is willing to work with property owners who have concerns over how much money it's going to cost.

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