Isn’t Greater Belhaven lovely? She’s got on her multicolored, autumn wardrobe and seems poised to celebrate this special time of year. There aren’t many neighborhoods this beautiful or friendly in our city, or anywhere for that matter. People on almost every block know each other and visit frequently in in their yards or when we walk our dogs.
We’ve got problems, yes. But we also have solutions. Through your Greater Belhaven Foundation, we work to make our neighborhood better every day. Currently, our attention is centered on getting Greater Belhaven approved as a Community Improvement District. We need 60 per cent of our registered voters to gain approval for this initiative which we hope to complete this month. For you as property owners, it means just 6 mills more in property tax for every $1,000 of your property’s assessed value. For our neighborhood, your signature means designated funds that can be used for security, maintenance, improvements to parks and infrastructure, beautification through plantings, signage and blighted property acquisition.
But CID passage is just one of our initiatives. In cooperation with the Belhaven Heights Neighborhood Association, the Belhaven Improvement Association and the Belhaven Security Association, the Foundation also has worked to support the funding of the Fortification Street Project, the elimination of many encroachments to our neighborhood, the clearing and cleaning of blighted property, the creation of the Belhaven Town Center – and the many events that promote Greater Belhaven such as the annual Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights and Art in the Park.
All of these things, however, cost money. There are many wonderful nonprofit causes that you and your family might donate to at this time of year. But we hope you’ll make one of your year- end gifts to your neighborhood organization, the Greater Belhaven Foundation. An envelope is enclosed for your convenience in replying. Please let one of us know if you have questions – and thank you for being one of the more than 1800 Jacksonians who call Greater Belhaven home.