Thank you for highlighting the efforts to implement a Business Improvement District downtown [“Place Your Bids,” March 28 Xpress]. For quite a few years, many who work, live and own property downtown have been proposing a BID as a solution to some of the issues and opportunities we face as a community, and we are pleased our undertaking may come to fruition soon.
Your article had one factual error: SGI will not "run the BID." The BID will be overseen by a board of directors, a super-majority of whom will be property owners in the district. While our study committee has talked to SGI to better understand the costs associated with the kind of "clean and safe" services they provide, the BID board of directors will have the final word in how these services are implemented. That board may or may not choose to contract with SGI or a similar company to administer that aspect of the BID program.
— Susan Griffin
Downtown Management Committee