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Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 12:09 am | Updated: 11:36 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — An organization analogous to fire service areas has been proposed for the downtown core to pay for two downtown services: the Community Service Patrol and the Clean Team.

An ordinance before the Fairbanks City Council would make way for a downtown Local Improvement District.

It would give property owners in the downtown core power to tax themselves based on land values for a maximum total tax revenue of $200,000.

The Community Service Patrol is a foot patrol that also gives medical transportation to inebriates in the downtown area. The Clean Team cleans litter, paints over graffiti and shovels sidewalks.

The two downtown programs now get city funding through the city’s bed tax.

The ordinance went through its first reading Monday night and is scheduled for a vote at the next Fairbanks City Council meeting.

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