What is the process for renewing the MID?
To renew the voluntary MID ordinance, property owners representing 60% of the total assessment are required to prove their support by signing petitions, which are then presented to the City Council for approval and the ordinance is ultimately enacted into law by the mayor.
What is the timeline for renewal?
- Spring-fall 2022: outreach and listening; forming a business plan
- November-February: petitions out
- Early 2023: submit to Seattle City Council for review
- May 2023: in front of Council
- June 2023: signed by Mayor Harrell
- July 1, 2023: new MID starts
What happens if the MID is not renewed?
If the MID is not renewed, all MID-funded programs would cease.
How much will I have to pay?
The amount ratepayers are assessed depends on the property type. A group of ratepayers carefully evaluates the assessment formula during each renewal process to ensure equity across all ratepayers.
What parts of downtown are included?
The MID serves Belltown, the Denny Regrade, Retail Core, Pioneer Square, Waterfront and West Edge neighborhoods of downtown.
Who are the ratepayers?
Ratepayers are commercial and residential property owners inside the MID boundaries. These include property management organizations, nonprofits, hotels, condominiums and apartments. Government-owned properties do not currently pay into the MID.
How is the MID governed?
The MID is governed by an advisory board made up of ratepayers, including commercial property owners, leaders of nonprofit organizations and downtown residents. View the full list of board members. The chair of the MID Advisory Board is also a member of the Downtown Seattle Association Board of Directors.
Why should we renew the MID?
MID investments help ensure a cleaner, healthier and more welcoming downtown Seattle for all who live, work and play here. If MID funding was not in place, thousands of gallons of trash each year would accumulate on streets and sidewalks, including biohazard and human waste. Graffiti would remain on the sides of buildings, and there would be a reduced focus on helping move downtown’s unsheltered and vulnerable populations into housing and services. Without private security, public events, art installations, beautification efforts and urban park programming, downtown would feel far less safe and welcoming.