Downtown Winston-Salem advocates are proposing a downtown business improvement district (BID) tax. The Business Journal has more.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports:

The lion’s share of the money raised by the business improvement district tax would be spent on cleaning and improved safety — measures that together would account for close to 80 percent of the tax revenue generated.

The key safety feature would be the hiring of “safety ambassadors” — people who would not be armed like police officers, but who would be a visible presence downtown to serve as eyes and ears for police and the people who are out enjoying the downtown scene.

Gboro –where downtown safety has been an issue (to say the least) has had a BID tax in place since 2004.