Midtown Improvement District In Harrisburg Holds First Public Meeting
The Midtown Improvement District holding their first public meeting at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. Their proposal is to have property owners in the Midtown District of the city pay a yearly fee that would cover the cost of hiring two to eight off-duty police officers to patrol the area.

"I see this as asserting responsibility as citizens and basically recognize that the government simply can`t provide the services we need right now," says Eric Papenfuse, with the Midtown Improvement District

The average property owner would pay a fee that could be anywhere between $60 and $70 a year for the project. Many of the people at the meeting expressing their feelings against the proposal.

" It`s a shift of responsibility of what we`re paying taxes for already. The whole society is going away from people being responsible for paying for their own properties," says Bill Fritz of Harrisburg

" If you keep your hands in my pocket , pretty soon we`re not going to have to worry about muggers because there's not going to be any money in our pockets," says Joe Greene of Harrisburg

They also say they still have a lot of unanswered questions about the actual crime statistics in their section of town.

" Throwing $2.1 million over the course of five years is a lot of money to not understand the problem fully. So I think we`re putting the cart before the horse here," says Travis Woodyard of Harrisburg

In order for the proposal to go forward, 60% of Midtown property owners would have to be in favor of the plan. From there, City Council would have to approve.