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Downtown Sacramento Partnership Continues

Civitas / City of Sacramento

Civitas / City of Sacramento

Property owners in downtown Sacramento and the City Council have agreed to continue the the Downtown Sacramento Partnership.

Of the property owners in the downtown district, 89-percent voted this month to continue paying half of the organization's costs. The City Council voted Thursday night to continue paying the other half.

The organization was created 20 years ago to help support downtown businesses.

The partnership's Michael Ault says the group's efforts and  have  increased the number of people interested in moving their businesses to downtown.

"You know, we've got a number of programs in place to make the streets look better, to clean the sidewalks, to remove grafitti. And some of that involves being eyes and ears to make sure people are behaving responsibly."

Ault says the partnership has been giving walking tours and sending people brochures on opening businesses and living in Sacramento.

"The Downtown Partnership's charge is really creating a very active urban district, whether you're coming to an arena, whether you're coming to have dinner, whether you're going to the community center theater to see a Broadway show, we want to make sure that this is not just simply a place people work."

Ault says the new arena will help.

The Downtown Partnership's budget is $2.7 million this year. It will increase by five percent every year through 2025.

The districts boundaries are roughly H to N Streets and the Sacramento River to 16th Street.

In 1995, it was the first property improvement district created in the State of California.

0423 bm downtown partnership budget

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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