The Madison County Commissioners approved the establishment of the Cherokee Pass Community Improvement District (CID) at their weekly County Commissioners meeting, March 5 at the courthouse.
At a public forum in December, Attorney Nathan Bollinger, who is representing the project, briefly explained the creation of the district is solely to create funds which can be used to fix the issue with the sewer system in Cherokee Pass.
“The CID for Cherokee Pass is not going to be the sewer district,” Bollinger said. “This is a funding mechanism. The CID has no authority to do anything except charge up to a one percent sales tax.”
The district will have the authority to ask for the sales tax, but there will still have to be a ballot and a vote for the sales tax to be put into place.
In order to acquire the funding needed to install a sewer system, several things needed to be done. The first was the creation of the CID to supplement the cost of the loan.
Bollinger said the CID will not be involved in the engineering of the project or any of the decisions involving its implementation. The purpose is to show the community's financial support of the project.
The petition was signed by more than 50 percent of the owners per capita and by total amount of the assessed value of the total properties.
“We are for things that are going to improve the living conditions of people in Madison County, that is what we are here for, and I am for this project, because it will do that,” Presiding Commissioner Bob Mooney said. "I think this will be a real benefit to both the business and the residents of Cherokee Pass."
The district contains approximately 314 acres and is generally located in the Cherokee Pass area.
After extensive discussions and revisions of the initial petition to limit the power of the board, Mooney and Commissioner Larry Kemp approved the CID. Commissioner Tom Stephens recused himself from the decision due to owning property within the district.
The initial board of directors are appointed and will consist of Arthur Robbins, Donnie Mays, Darren Ellis, Marcia Spala and Joe Wengler.