Regarding Old Town Business District fee changes (Journal, April 24), I really struggle with understanding Councilmember/Mayor Keith Nesbitt’s position regarding the proposed new fee structure for the OTBA.
The OTBA board has presented a well-thought-out plan that has addressed the majority need for fairness and representation. However, it appears Keith Nesbitt’s position is singularly (to) focus on those one or two restaurants that have the highest gross revenue and can most afford the fees.
The entry level fee has been revised to $2 per $1,000 of gross revenue or .2 percent. The percentage of contribution declines as business gross revenues increase, up to a maximum of $700 for gross revenues of $1.5 million or more, representing only .04 percent.
I think it’s important to note that the new $700 cap is already a 12.5 percent reduction in fees from last year’s cap of $800.
Mr. Nesbitt’s position seems arbitrary and capricious to me. He already has “the answer,” he just can’t sell it.
Steve Laskey, Auburn