Business Improvement District
Pend Oreille County, WA
A business improvement district is a defined area within which businesses are required to pay an additional tax in order to fund projects within the district's boundaries. The BID is often funded primarily through the levy but can also draw on other public and private funding streams.
Business leaders and property owners are beginning to recognize that the value of their assets (i.e. their property) and viability of their business depends, to a significant extent, on the surrounding buildings and businesses, including: building facades, litter and trash, graffiti, level of pedestrian activity, condition, placement and usability of public places, and the mix of business types in close proximity.
Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have proliferated as the most influential public-private mechanisms for revitalizing business districts and promoting infrastructure improvement projects. BIDs levy property taxes on all parcels within their district boundaries to pay for the administration and implementation of their services, which are typically services that can attract customers.
Typically, the local governing body, in Trinity County that is the Board of Supervisors, adopts a resolution to establish a property based Business improvement district for a 10 year renewable cycle. The historic districts of Weaverville and Lewiston, and the Main street district of Hayfork are potential locations of BIDs.
Survey business and property owners to identify;
what they need or are concerned about,
what additional services could they use beyond the current services offered by the County (additional Security (cameras/private guards), Facade Improvements, etc.)
Their level of interest in pooling together resources for the district
With business community support, establish Business Improvement Districts to;
Promote/ advertise the benefits of BID’s
Invest in landscaping and streetscape improvements
Help district businesses qualify for prioritized access to federal contracting opportunities
Provide additional services at the request of the membership properties/businesses