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Business Improvement District

A Business Improvement District is a publicly sanctioned, yet privately directed organization that supplements public service to improve shared, geographically defined, outdoor public spaces. BIDs enhance the safety, cleanliness, image and competitiveness of city centers. There are at least 1,000 BIDs in the United States with six located in Idaho. Check out more BIDs at International Downtown Association.

THE DOWNTOWN BOISE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT:
60 square blocks: State Street to the north, 13th Street to the west, Myrtle Street to the south, to 6th Street north to Front, east on Front Street, with 5th Street the east district boundary. See map below.

All properties located in the district are subject to an annual assessment from Boise City. Non-government businesses in government owned buildings and privately owned commercial condos are billed directly.  The DBA also maintains an active group of Associate members who contribute voluntarily to the DBA.

WHO ARE DBA MEMBERS?
Business members

A business that rents space in the Business Improvement District is a DBA member. There are approx. 700 DBA business members that vary greatly in size and scope. 300+ DBA business members are street-level retail, restaurant, and retail service merchants.

Property Owners
All property owners in the district are DBA members. All properties, with the exception of residential and government, are subject to an annual assessment from the City of Boise that supports BID services. The DBA leverages those dollars two-to-one with event income and event sponsorships to complete marketing, programming, and service funding.

Associate members
The DBA also maintains an active group of Associate members who see value in DBA programs and contribute voluntarily to the DBA. A $300 for-profit or $250 non-profit annual fee allows Associate members to take advantage of and participate in DBA promotions.

Keeping Downtown Boise a success place to do business and celebrate community is definitely a group effort. If your business is located in the boundaries of the Downtown Boise Business Improvement District, good news! You’re a member of the DBA!

HOW & WHEN?

Under Idaho Statute, Title 50 Municipal Corporations is Chapter 26 that defines Business Improvement Districts in the State of Idaho.

On June 23, 1987 the Mayor and City Council of Boise passed Resolution # 9293 declaring inter alia the intent of the City of Boise to create a Downtown Business Improvement District, and by resolution of the Mayor and Council adopted the resolution. The boundaries of the Downtown Business Improvement District are 5th to 13th, State to Myrtle St.

Pursuant to Idaho Code section 50-2611, the City designated the Downtown Boise Association to administer the operation of the Downtown Business Improvement District. The ordinance was signed by City Council on July 7, 1987 and  was updated in 2012. The current ordinance is #6870