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Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district established by a municipality.
No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The goal of these districts is to attract and increase tourism through the pooling of money, based on hotel occupancy, to improve the aesthetics of the city and attract new tourism-driven revenue. Private businesses seeking to increase tourism to benefit their profits are free to form their own voluntary associations to achieve this end. Any issues arising from businesses not wishing to participate or carry their fair share is a problem that the market can handle without municipal intervention. Therefore, creating or expanding the purposes of public improvement districts is an unnecessary expansion of local government that would interfere with the free market. For these reasons, we oppose HB 1136.