by Andrew Crisp
The Boise City Council is set to consider a plan that changes the Downtown Boise Association's billing practices when the body meets Tuesday, Nov. 27.
The DBA, the organization most Boiseans know for its role hosting Alive After Five and First Thursday, is a business improvement district that encompasses a number of city blocks in downtown Boise. DBA provides holiday decorations, trash and other services.
The funding for the organization, a budget of approximately $780,000, currently comes from an assessment on businesses located within the district.
According to documents on the City Council agenda, that requires tracking more than 700 tenants.
A proposed plan before the City Council would shift assessments and billing to approximately 150 downtown property owners, who would be responsible for collecting dues from their tenants on behalf of the DBA.
Additionally, the plan would equalize rates across much of the city, the core of which is defined by the Grove Plaza, the US Bank building and blocks on Main and Idaho streets.
"Currrently, the outer-core [Old Boise Historic District, BODO/Eighth Street Marketplace and a couple of blocks on Jefferson Street] pays half the rate of the core. Over years two-six, the rates in the outer-core will be increased incrementally to match rates in the core," according to the document.
More information about the proposal can be found through the City of Boise. The City Council is set to take up the ordinance, beginning with a first consideration, on Tuesday.