Make no mistake a yes vote on #255 is a vote to proceed with a BID, and the people of Rochester do not have enough information to give council informed consent to be taxed. Our volunteers polled Rochesterians online and went door to door to small businesses throughout the footprint of the proposed district to find out if they had heard about the RDDC’s plan to create a Business Improvement District. Spoiler: No.
Transparency and accountability are key aspects of a healthy Democracy. The documents below were received from a public FOIL request from City Hall. You can do one too! Without this access, we might not have found out much of this information until after the BID was passed. URGENT: WE HAVE TO ACT FAST! IF THIS LEGISLATION IS APPROVED IN COMMITTEE FOR A VOTE AND PASSES, THE NEXT STEP IS THE CREATION OF THE DISTRICT PLAN, DISENFRANCHISING THOUSANDS OF ROCHESTERIANS AND LEAVING THEIR FATE UP TO THE VERY FOLKS PUSHING THIS PLAN THROUGH. You must speak up NOW!
Slides for Speak to Council presentation, including excerpts from committee meeting minutes.
BID CONSULTANT PROPOSAL, INCLUDING STEPS AND TIMELINE
WORK PLAN AND INITIAL BUDGET