MID Business Plan

In October 2022, the Metropolitan Improvement District Ratepayer Advisory Board and Downtown Seattle Association Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2023-2033 MID Business Plan, which outlines the proposed services, budget, boundaries and rate assessment formula for the new term. If approved, the new MID would start in July 2023.

MID Business Plan (PDF)

Business Plan Summary

MID-funded Services

  • Cleaning, safety, security and public realm services provided 362 days a year
  • Services provided across 285 blocks
  • Litter and biohazard removal along sidewalks, alleys and in other public areas
  • Graffiti removal on public and private property
  • Pressure washing of public areas and annual removal of debris from shoreline
  • Marketing and promotion of downtown, small businesses and attractions
  • Outdoor events, concerts and community celebrations
  • Advocacy, economic development and research to support downtown, property owners and tenants
  • Programming and staffing of select downtown parks and public areas
  • Beautification and art installations, including murals, holiday lighting and flowers
  • Employment program with housing support for individuals who have experienced homelessness/interaction with the criminal justice system
  • Employment for 135 full time ambassador positions

Changes for 2023

  • 10% increase in cleaning services/staffing to extend impact
  • Investment in unarmed security and supplemental SPD patrols
  • 5% increase in ambassador wages above 2022/23 levels of $20/hr (entry rate)
  • Extension of southern boundary of the district to include additional properties in Pioneer Square to Royal Brougham
  • Increase in rates across all property types in FY 23/24 to address inflation, adjustments to ambassador wages and provide for enhanced services
  • Predictable rate adjustments for property owners of no less than 2.5% and no more than 5% in subsequent years
  • New customer service/advocate position to respond to ratepayer requests and influence city services affecting the public realm
  • Leverages additional investment from public agencies