What killed the plan you were talking about was the fact that not all homeowners would have gotten a lower tax rate.
would have gone down for all current property owners
their benefits assessment amount would have been applied
As an example, anyone living on a corner lot would have seen their taxes go up.
their taxes would have gone down
their benefits assessment may have been higher compared to a property owner not on a corner lot
but there is a simple solution -
the frontage on the corner lot could have the full benefits asseessment applied
and the side street portion of the corner lot could have had a lower benefits assessment applied - at 80%, 70%, 60% or 50%... of the benefits assessment
the total frontage and side street portion could be totaled and calculated not at 100% of the benefits assessment but at a lower rate - 90%, 80%, 70%...
a simple fix that would have allowed ALL property owners to share the cost of city services