Helper Redevelopment Agency Reinstatement Possible

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A huge portion of the Helper City Council meeting Thursday concentrated on the potential restoration of the Helper redevelopment agency.

Carbon County Economic Development director Delynn Fielding presented various reasons for Councilmen to vote to reinstate the agency.

Fielding said reinstatement would help grow the local economy help with community development.

“All of these things fit under the umbrella of the RDA,” Fielding said. “This is one of the tools that can be used for economic development.”

Fielding said Carbon County, Price City and many other Utah cities utilize some form of the RDA. Fielding also said that redevelopment in areas of Price where JB’s and Wingers restaurants were built have begun to attract developers interested in building hotels.

Fielding said he was hopeful a similar effect could be felt in Helper.

“The main point of the RDA is to focus the use of the natural increase of property tax revenue for a certain amount of time to allow the City to do things specific to promote growth,” Fielding said.

Fielding also called the RDA process a “money seed” that would help the area grow.

The length of the agenda did not allow Councilmen to vote on reinstatement. A decision will be made at the next Council meeting.

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