The Rochester Downtown Development Corporation (RDDC) is trying to turn Downtown Rochester into a “Business Improvement District” they would control. A BID would give even more power to some of Rochester’s wealthiest property owners and businesses.
What is a B.I.D.?
A BID is an area of a community where a private company gets to collect an additional tax from businesses and properties every year. That private company spends tax dollars on things like security, maintenance, marketing, and lobbying allin the interest of the biggest property owners, not residents!
Stand with us against the BID, and stand up for community.
HERE’S THE SCOOP:
The RDDC and their aligned interests tried and failed to create a BID in 2014. They’ve spent the last several years influencing programs, policies and politicians to get their way. They’ve taken advantage of trusted community members and their efforts, borrowing their good will. And that’s just wrong.
The BID is BAD for SMALL BUSINESS
BIDs favor big corporations, burdening small businesses with additional taxes and fees.
BIDs try to make areas look a certain way to attract richer customers, pushing out small, unique businesses.
BIDs drive gentrification and higher rents, pushing out unique local businesses that create diversity and vitality.
The BID is BAD for RENTERS
Property owners pass BID taxes and fees on to renters who are forced to pay them.
BIDs drive gentrification that displaces renters, pushing them out of their homes and neighborhoods.
BIDs lobby for policies that favor property owner interests over renters.
Lets create a future that benefits everyone in Rochester, including those who already call it home. Most of the 10,000 people who live downtown don’t own property. Most downtown properties are owned by large developers and big corporations like RG&E. A BID is not for our shared benefit. It will not create prosperity for existing residents and small business owners, it will replace them because BIDs do what’s in the best interest of big business — not community.