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      Syracuse lawmakers to vote on Connective Corridor fee Thursday

      Broken light on Connective Cooridor on University Avenue

      Property owners along the Connective Corridor in Syracuse will learn Thursday whether their tax bills will increase by around $3,000 to pay for maintenance.

      The Syracuse Common Council will hold a special meeting Thursday to vote on taxing those property owners to pay for the maintenance along the Connective Corridor.

      If approved, the Downtown Special Assessment District will be expanded to include the 700 through 1000 blocks of E. Genesee Street the 400 through 600 blocks of University Avenue and the portion of the 300 block of W. Fayette Street between Onondaga Creek and S. West Street.

      Several business owners who would be affected recently attended a Common Council meeting where they spoke out against the plan.

      The meeting gets underway at noon in the Common Council Chambers on Thursday.

      As CNYCentral reported earlier this month, the fee of $28 per foot of road frontage for Connective Corridor businesses would fund an annual budget of $150,000. It would provide for two dedicated employees and a program administered by the Downtown Committee. Syracuse University would put up some up front capital money for required equipment.