Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)2019-02-04T17:09:20-08:00

Frequently Asked Questions

The Downtown Reno Partnership is the first business improvement district in Nevada so we understand that you may have questions whether you live in downtown Reno or just want to know more about the ins and outs of BIDs. For information about the ambassadors, our board or the management team, please visit those sections of the website.

What is a business improvement district?2018-12-17T17:31:56-08:00

A business improvement district (BID) is a specifically designated area of a city where property owners (sometimes business owners) pay an additional tax to fund projects, improvements and marketing within that district’s boundaries. In Reno’s case, all property owners within the boundary are assessed a property tax fee to pay for the BID. These districts typically fund services that city governments cannot keep up with using its existing tax revenues, such as cleaning streets, providing security, making capital improvements, construction of pedestrian and streetscape enhancements and marketing. The services provided by BIDs supplement that city’s existing tools and resources and do not replace them. Source: Wikipedia and City of Reno

Who decided we need a BID in Reno?2018-12-17T17:40:43-08:00

The City of Reno researched business improvement districts since 2014; making visits to other cities, engaging with groups like Operation Downtown and seeking community input. The Progressive Urban Management Associates and Urban Land Institute both recommended that the City of Reno create a business improvement district, too.

In order to create the district, the business and property owners in the district petitioned the city to create the self-imposed fee and governance structure. A majority approval is required to create the BID. More than 500 property owners, or 61% of the district, were in favor of the BID, while 16 property owners, or 1%, were against it. Other property owners in the district did not participate in the petition.

What are the downtown Reno BID boundaries?2018-12-17T17:50:03-08:00