By a 6-1 vote Thursday, the Syracuse Commn Council shot down a plan to charge business owners along the so- called Connective Corridor a special fee to maintain the route each year.
Some business owners would have been charged thousands of dollars each year to maintain the corridor, which left many fuming. Those merchants says they had no input into the corridor project to begin with and shouldn't be charged an extra tax to maintain what essentially is a city street.
The Syracuse Downtown Committee first proposed collecting the new fee on a yearly basis from each business along the corridor. One dentist on the corridor would have been charged more than three thousand dollars each year. The Ronald Mcdonald House would have charged eight thousand dollars a year.
Some of those business owners called the fees taxation with representation and that it unfairly targeted them.
Common Councilor Pat Hogan, who's also a candidate for mayor, voted no on the new fees. Hogan told 570 WSYR that the city should maintain the street on it's own through their normal maintenance budget and called the proposal to charge a new round of fees "baloney."