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Red Line Map Details Which Properties Fall In Assessment Zone

The Red Line commuter rail would stretch 25 miles between Charlotte and Mooresville. It would be paid in part by business property owners along the route. Consultants released a map this week that shows which properties would be part of what's called a special assessment zone. For the most part, business properties that are within half a mile of a proposed station would be part of the zone. The idea is they'd be within walking distance of the station and a commuter rail would be good for business. "The entire concept was to work with local jurisdictions on a property by property basis to determine who benefits, and if those properties benefit they were designated as part of the special assessment district," says Katherine Henderson, a project consultant, who drew the map. Business property owners in these zones would have to vote on whether they'd want to pay a special tax. It would likely range between 50 and 75 cents per $100 of assessed value. The map is still only a draft. It will have to go through a public review process