The Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association Board would like to thank all the neighbors and friends that attended the City County Council meeting (and all previous meetings) for the Proposal 77 vote last night.

We are pleased to announce that Proposal 77 passed (co-sponsored by Councillor John Barth and Councillor Will Gooden) and therefore Tarkington Park will receive TIF funds as planned.

Below is a quote from Councillor Barth’s webpage (he’s also a BTNA board member) which seems to sum up our sentiments…

Statement from Councilor Barth on the passage of Proposal 77

“I’m very pleased that Proposal 77 passed the full Council tonight. The investment in Tarkington Park is especially important. The park is a key element of the community’s desired revitalization of the area which has long suffered from crime, disinvestment, and population decline. Area neighborhoods have worked together to craft comprehensive plans to reverse the decline and promote reinvestment – with a focus on transforming a long underutilized Tarkington Park and encouraging redevelopment around the park. I believe that the implementation of the park plan is vital to leveraging additional private investment in the area which has had its share of challenges in past decades but, with the revitalized Tarkington Park as the cornerstone, is ready to return to thriving and vibrant neighborhood center that it once was.”