The Downtown Reno Partnership is a 501(c)6 nonprofit business improvement district that replaced two previous City of Reno special assessment districts that paid for maintenance and additional police in Reno’s core.
Property owners will see a line item on their annual Washoe County property tax bill. That assessment is based on their property’s value, their location in the district, type of property and type of business. Washoe County collects those taxes and funnels the specific line item to the City of Reno, which then writes a check to the Downtown Reno Partnership.
For example, commercial properties along Virginia Street pay the highest fee on their taxes to pay for additional street cleaning and police services while homeowners and nonprofits on the edges of downtown pay the least.
The BID can also take contributions to help pay for more ambassadors, police, maintenance, marketing or operations. Because it is a 501(c)6, those donations are considered business expenses and not charitable tax-free donations.