As the term of the current CID draws to a close, and due to the economic impact of the pandemic, we are recommending significant changes to the CID beginning in 2021. They include:
- Reducing CID property assessments by 23 percent.
- Staffing the CID with its own employees instead of contracting out services.
- Streamlining CID services to focus on safety, beautification, maintenance, and infrastructure.
- Reducing the size of the CID board.
There are several other proposed changes to the CID. For more information on these changes, please click here.
Myths and Facts About the CID
The CID Board of Directors is dedicated to making sure residents, property owners and businesses have the facts about the proposed CID restructure. As of late, there have been numerous false accusations regarding the CID’s work and its pending amendment. Linked here is an easy to read document that highlights the myths and facts of the proposed CID.
Some of the myths you’ll find in this document include:
Myth: The CID is being extended for 20 years, and this is our only chance to make changes to it until 2040.
FACT: The CID’s scope and property assessments will be reevaluated by all stakeholders on the same schedule as they always have — every 10 years.
Myth: The Management Plan is purposefully left unchanged in the current petition, allowing the CID to do whatever it wants with little oversight.
FACT: Upon approval, the Management Plan is superseded by the terms of the petitions. It is clearly delineated that, if amended, moving forward the funds collected by the CID would only be used for maintenance, beautification, public infrastructure, and public safety.
Sign the Petition to Strengthen The CID for the Future
Property owners have received a packet that includes two petitions:
- Petition to amend the term of the CID: Authorizes the extension of the CID term to December 31, 2041. The 20-year extension makes it such that property owners don’t have to sign two petitions every time they renew or revise the assessment and minimizes legal and administrative costs. This does not mean property owners are committing to paying the assessment for 20 years, it simply means they have the option to renew the assessment because there is a CID in place.
- CID Assessment petition: Authorizes the reduced CID assessment, beginning in 2022 through December 31, 2031.
The CID supplements City services to ensure our neighborhood is a safe, clean and beautiful place to live, work and visit. By signing these two petitions, Downtown property owners will help strengthen the future of Downtown for years to come.
If you are in need of a notary, please contact Michelle Cheli at (314) 335-2317.