Streamlined Funding Process for 17 Business Improvement Districts Is Part of DeMaio’s Small Business Action Plan
I would like to commend my fellow Council colleagues today for passing legislation on a much-needed overhaul to the process for funding the city’s 17 “Business Improvement Districts” (BIDs).
This reform is vital to ensuring that San Diego’s BIDs are focused on promoting, serving, and advocating for their small business members – rather than being caught up in a costly bureaucratic process at City Hall.
The City of San Diego has 17 BIDs that exist to provide advice, promotion, and support services to small businesses. Some notable BIDs include the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Hillcrest, and others.
Unfortunately, because of a bureaucratic reimbursement policy, some BIDs have experienced major cash-flow problems due to delays in the city’s accounting and review processes. The legislation passed by the Council will replace the complicated and frustrating reimbursement policy that hampers the operations of BIDs with a more simple direct payment approach. An annual fiscal audit and monthly progress reports will be required to provide oversight of funds dispersed to the BIDs.
I originally proposed this reform in July 2010 as part of my “Open for Business” Small Business Action Plan. Since 2010 my office has been working hard to form a coalition of like-minded Councilmembers to make the City of San Diego more friendly to small businesses and I am glad our hard work is starting to pay off.
I am proud of my City Council colleagues for standing up for small businesses by supporting this important action. For more information on improving the Small Business climate in the City of San Diego please visit: http://www.sandiego.gov/citycouncil/cd5/pdf/smallbusinessfriendly.pdf