**NEWS RELEASE**

February 3, 2021- Thunder Bay, Ontario- Fort William Business District

 

**WE REDUCED YOUR BIA TAX LEVY BY 50% FOR 2021**

The Fort William BIA executive board resubmitted the budget for 2021 and it acknowledges the hardships suffered by the City and the small businesses in the south core due to the effects of the virus. As the pandemic unfolded, we realized that the impact was devastating to the businesses and as such, we adjusted our request to reflect the realities of the day. This budget reflects the direct needs of our membership going forward through this difficult time and still allows us to continue creating a safe, beautiful and vibrant business district for our community.

*Recommendation to City Council*

A recommendation to City Council was made by the FWBIA executive board requesting the savings from our one time budget cut for 2021 be allocated to replace the 30+ trees on Brodie St and Archibald St. and the motion was put forward and approved.

Thank you for your continued support.

We are all in this Together

The Executive Board of the Fort William Business District BIA