Thursday, March 21, 2013
Could AVID Replace CADI?
By The Outsider
A group of downtown business owners are putting together an alternative to the controversial CADI program that will aim to keep downtown clean without costing property owners $350,000 in additional taxes. The program is called AVID and it stands for Augusta Volunteer Initiative for Downtown. As the name suggests, AVID relies on volunteers to keep downtown sidewalks clean. According to the AVID press release, downtown property and business owners are being asked to signed a pledge agreeing to keep the sidewalks in front of their business or property clean to the best of their ability, to direct lost visitors to their destinations and report any suspicious behavior. The group has already set up a Facebook page here: AVID Augusta.
AVID organizers say that downtown Augusta can be kept clean without the added expense and bureaucracy of the CADI program as long as downtown businesses agree to do their part. Organizers ask for citizens to email questions or concerns to AvidAugusta@gmail.com. You can read the full press release below: