Community Improvement Districts General Information:
Legislation was created at the state level to allow for Community Improvement Districts to exist in the state of Missouri. The legislation calls for any group considering to become this entity to contact all property owners that may be involved, identify a Board of Directors, create a district boundary, set a budget and means of funding, devise a business plan which is submitted to the local city council for approval. The first CID in western MO was at the former Bannister Mall – when 3 Trails CID was created in 2000. Today there are dozens of CID’s in the KCMO metro area. A CID is a very strong economic development tool available to commercial areas to improve their quality of life and ensure future success.
Types of CID’s:
|Fund by property tax assessment not sales tax||Funded by a sales tax assessment (public money)|
|Do not have to abide by the state Sunshine Law which puts requirements on how Board members meet, and how meetings are conducted||Must abide by the state Sunshine Law|
|The Downtown CID of 300 business owners is this type of CID.||The Martin City CID is this type of CID.|
CID’s are created when a business area wishes to improve conditions for existing businesses and attract growth. Safety, cleanliness, beautification, business retention, business growth, capital improvements are all issues that drive CID’s. The Downtown CID was concerned about safety and litter. The impending Crossroads District is also concerned with public safety and the graffiti problem. The Ward Parkway CID needed funding to help a languishing outdoor retail mall find new life. The Martin City CID was created to address the issue of improving 135th St. and growing the area. Other CID’s include: Red Bridge Shopping Center, Waldo, Brookside, 39th St., Westport, The Performing Arts property, Independence Ave. They are everywhere now.
The Martin City CID Specifically:
Created in 2005; In perpetuity; Board of Director of 7 members; 300-acre district with 75+ businesses owned by 55 different owners; $.005 sales tax assessment netting approximately $250,000 per year; Additional $150 per property nets approximately $17,000 annually. These funds are used for a security program, district beautification, marketing, events, and capital improvements. The CID has a contract with Michelle Wilson Consulting for the services of the Executive Director.