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Local bill to create Garapan Community Improvement District

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THE leadership of the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation is working on a local measure that will create a Garapan Community Improvement District.

On Monday, the lawmakers finalized the draft local bill in accordance with Rep. Ivan Blanco’s House Bill 21-68, which proposes “to allow senatorial districts to enact laws and regulations to establish within its own district community improvement districts or CIDs.”

H.B. 21-68 was passed by the Senate in March with amendments and is now with the House Judiciary and Governmental Operations Committee.

Although H.B. 21-68 has yet to become law, the Saipan delegation must already prepare for the creation of the improvement district, so they drafted the local bill in readiness, the delegation chairman, House Floor Leader John Paul Sablan, said.

On Monday, the JGO committee of the delegation reached out to the members of the business community in Garapan to discuss the proposal with them.

Along with the creation of the district, Sablan said the still unnumbered local measure will also create a board that will be composed of stakeholders including hotel operators and restaurant and store owners in the Garapan tourist district.

The goal, he said, is to create a non-profit group that will help maintain the Garapan tourist area.

“It was proven very effective in Hawaii that the community improvement board is to be run by stakeholders,” Sablan said.

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