At Wednesday evening's monthly meeting of Tomorrow's Towson, Councilman David Marks discussed the idea of creating a business improvement district for Towson.
Marks said he doesn't see anything happening for at least five years, and county code requires the consent of two-thirds of the property owners in the district.
"We simply cannot sustain that" right now, he said. "The economy is too poor and we don't have a mass of activity in the heart of Towson."
Marks compared the idea to similar districts in Rockville and Bethesda.
Special districts also exist in Baltimore City, such as the Downtown Partnership and the Charles Village Community Benefits District.
Generally in such districts, property owners pay increased taxes to fund increased services, such as street cleaning, security and community events. Bethesda's district is also funded through parking fees.
In 1992, then-Councilman Doug Riley sponsored legislation that passed which allowed for so-called commercial district management authorities in Baltimore County. There have been no attempts to create such a district since an early attempt in Pikesville fizzled in the mid-1990s.
We'll have more on this next week on Towson Patch.
Notes: Tomorrow's Towson also elected a new slate of officers at Wednesday's meeting. Attorney Bud Clark is the new president, community leader Ed Kilcullen is vice president, Mike Ertel is treasurer and Towson library Branch Manager Jennifer Haire is secretary.