25-year-old Georgetown Business Improvement District Extends Voting on New Board and Tax Plan

The Georgetown Business Improvement District (GBID), now in its 25th year, is a cornerstone of community and commercial vitality in one of Washington, D.C.’s historic neighborhoods. Faced with the ongoing challenge of maintaining the area’s appeal and economic health, GBID’s Board has recently approved a fresh 5-year strategic plan aimed at addressing these issues. A notable element of this plan includes a proposal to increase the tax rate by 5 percent, which has led to the extension of the voting deadline for stakeholders to Friday, May 3, at 5 p.m.

A bustling city street with colorful storefronts and people walking by. A sign with "Georgetown Business Improvement District" and a voting deadline extension notice prominently displayed

This extension provides additional time for property owners and merchants who form the backbone of the GBID to deliberate and cast their votes on the proposed tax adjustment. The necessity for reevaluation of the funding structure comes after nearly a decade and a half since the last tax rate change. Such adjustments reflect the underlying efforts to reinvest in the district’s continued growth and enhancement as it competes in an increasingly diverse urban landscape. The proposed changes by the GBID are expected to generate funds necessary for improvements and new initiatives that will serve the community and sustain the district’s economic vitality.

Georgetown Business Improvement District Overview

The Georgetown Business Improvement District (GBID) is a pivotal entity in the Washington, D.C. area, having reached its quarter-century mark, and is known for its dedicated effort to enhance the region’s appeal. It operates under a private, non-profit charter, with a focus on advancing the region’s commercial accessibility and attractiveness.

25 Years of GBID History

The GBID was established in 1999 and, since then, has been instrumental in shaping the Georgetown area’s business landscape. Through sustained efforts over 25 years, the GBID has implemented a series of plans and initiatives aimed at developing the economic fabric of Georgetown.

GBID’s Role in the Community

The GBID functions under a mandate to serve the Georgetown community by improving business conditions and the general attractiveness of the area. Key responsibilities include:

  • Advocacy: Representing the interests of Georgetown businesses in governmental and public forums.
  • Maintenance: Ensuring that the physical space within the district is clean, safe, and welcoming.
  • Marketing: Promoting Georgetown as a premier destination for shopping, dining, and tourism.
  • Strengthening Services: Providing support services that enhance the experience of visitors and the business operations of members.

Through a mix of strategic planning and community engagement, the GBID has proven to be a cornerstone for maintaining the historic and economic significance of Georgetown.

Extension of the GBID Board Voting Deadline

The Georgetown Business Improvement District Board has announced an extension for the voting process on its new board and a plan, including a tax adjustment. The extension allows stakeholders until 5 p.m., Friday, May 3, to submit their votes.

New Board Approval Process

The voting deadline for the GBID Board’s new members’ confirmation has been extended to ensure adequate participation from the community. Stakeholders received additional time to understand the proposed changes and cast their votes, reflecting a commitment to a democratic and thorough review process.

Implications of the 5-Year Plan

The 5-year plan set forth by the Georgetown Business Improvement District is poised to shape the region’s economic landscape. It encompasses strategic initiatives aimed at enhancing the district’s commercial viability and attractiveness, reflecting a long-term vision for growth and development.

5-Percent Tax Rate Increase Details

Details of the proposed tax rate increase include a 5-percent hike, which is intended to finance the GBID’s enhanced services and projects. By investing in public safety, maintenance, and marketing, the GBID’s plan seeks to uplift the district’s overall appeal and functionality.

Click on the Tenant Ballot PDF here for an individual vote. Please email your ballot to Louisa Nanan — LNanan@GeorgetownDC.com

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