We already have an organization in place to manage taxation and land use, it’s called City Council. Residents of our community entrust their power to City Council to act on their behalf. City Council should not hand over that power and responsibility to a private company!
There is strength in numbers.City Council needs to hear from you. Tell them loud and clear: NO BID — no way, no how.
In a BID voting and voice is based on property ownership.
Owners with more property have more say.
BIDs impose taxes and policieswithout sufficient community input or representation.
BIDs privatize local government services.
BIDs can pay lobbyists to drive policies that benefit them.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
Who will benefit?
Who will be hurt?
The BID model is fundamentally flawed.
BIDs privatize local government functions, take away democratic representation and control from the people who live in a community.
Property owners become the decision makers…
BIDs are managed by a private company with a board of directors.
Under New York State Law the Board of Directors is only required to include one commercial tenant and one residential tenant. More can be added, but the board MUST always have a MAJORITY of property owners!
Owners of more properties have more say, while residents are silenced…
Members of the BID Board of Directors are elected by parcels not people. Big companies and landlords who own multiple properties get more votes. RG&E gets 11 votes while citizens, small businesses, and residents get none.
Landlords and corporations will have more control over downtown…
Most downtown parcels are owned by big companies like RG&E or landlords who don’t even live here. Their priority is to build up their assets, not our community.
Across the US there are movements against BIDs and in favor of more just and equitable future for our cities.
A neighborhood in Queens raises concerns about a BID that would tear aport the fabric of a diverse community by prioritizing commercial interests, risking the displacement of small businesses and the vibrant local culture.
BID marketing often highlights the number of BIDs across the country as a mark of success. This is misleading; it’s more a reflection of how quickly and easily BIDs can be established, often before communities are adequately informed or involved.
This rapid spread isn’t a sign of success but a warning about the lack of transparent and inclusive community engagement in their formation.
The Washington D.C. Council Office of Racial Equity concluded: “…any new BIDs under the current BID model will only widen existing racial inequities, as documented by a body of academic research.”
WHEN WE SHOW UP, WE WIN!
The RDDC and the mayor attempted to bundle funding for downtown concierge service with much needed neighborhood opioid outreach, the community successfully rallied council to #splitthebill.
While a clean bill to fund neighborhood opioid outreach was passed, the fight isn’t over. RDDC will likely include “concierge ambassadors” in their district plan for the BID, because it’s part of how they justify the need for a BID. Learn why “Blue Shirt” ambassadors are a BID problem. UPDATE: we were right again (more coming soon).
Rochester has seen a significant community push-back against the creation of a BID, but the RDDC is painting a very different picture for Council and the community. These independent voices agree: NO BID —no way, no how.