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Sandpoint won’t end downtown business tax

City administrators in the northern Idaho city of Sandpoint have rejected a petition by downtown businesses to abolish a local business tax.

City officials say some of the signatures on the petition to dissolve Sandpoint’s business improvement district couldn’t be verified as being from the business owners.

Officials also say some businesses had closed.

1 of the petitioners, Rich Curtis of Exit Reality, says the city is nitpicking and looking for loopholes.

The tax money collected by the city goes to the Downtown Sandpoint Business Association to promote and beautify downtown.

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