After gathering tax information from business owners this summer, Lancaster now has a starting point for for a program it hopes will jump-start downtown development.
Known as the CRIZ for short, the City Revitalization & Improvement Zone program will allow Lancaster to redirect some state and local tax money toward redevelopment within the zone’s boundaries.
Lancaster identified 736 businesses in its CRIZ. All of them were required to file CRIZ tax reports by June 15.
Just under half did so: 366, to be exact, according to the state Department of Revenue.
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ALLENTOWN, PA — In the center of this city’s downtown is a Civil War monument complete with a sailor, artilleryman, infantryman and a cavalry soldier.
It is very similar to the one in Lancaster’s Penn Square, but larger.
That’s fitting for a city with twice the population and twice the land area as Lancaster.
And for a city that has experienced proportionally larger swings of fortune.
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