Itâ€™s a fundraiser of sorts for north Oak Cliff.
The Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce has begun a petition drive to create a public improvement district.
If enough property owners agree to foot the bill, prominent areas of Oak Cliff could reap services and benefits beyond the cityâ€™s budgeted programs.
â€śIf we want to stabilize the area and continue the cool stuff going on, we need to reinvest in our neighborhoods,â€ť said chamber president Bob Stimson.
The districtâ€™s proposed boundaries include more than 900 parcels of land along and near three major corridors: Zang Boulevard, Davis Street and Jefferson Boulevard.
Owner-occupied homes would be exempt. But owners of the remaining 807 parcels would pay 12 cents per $100 of property value each year for district projects.
That is, if enough people sign on by March 21 and the City Council approves the request.
â€śWe have to get 484 signatures minimum,â€ť Stimson said of the cityâ€™s 60 percent approval threshold.
A district budget calls for continuing the 12-cent assessment for seven years. That in turn would generate about $162,000 starting in 2015, increasing to almost $193,000, according to projections.
About one-third of the money would be spent on beefed-up security. Most of the remaining revenue would help promote the area and provide public improvements, such as lighting, landscaping and park upgrades.
But first the chamber must meet the cityâ€™s requirements.
â€śGetting 484 signatures by March 21 is a pretty tall order,â€ť said Stimson, who is leaving his chamber post March 31.
He and others have been talking about creating an improvement district for years. Stimson said some of the areaâ€™s major property owners are helping with the petition drive.
â€śWe did a lot of legwork up front,â€ť he said. Now volunteers are sending letters, calling property owners and knocking on doors, doing â€śanything to get the word out.â€ť
The volunteers will include Craig Schenkel, a property owner in the proposed district. â€śI support it. Itâ€™s going to be good for everyone.â€ť
If approved by the City Council, north Oak Cliff would have the cityâ€™s 13th public improvement district and the first south of the Trinity River.