Wikipedia defines a Business Improvement District as “a defined area within which businesses pay an additional tax or fee in order to fund improvements within the district’s boundaries. BID’s provide services, such as cleaning streets, providing security, making capital improvements, streetscape enhancements, and marketing the area. The services provided by BID’s are supplemental to those already provided by the municipality.”
There are no up-front fees to join the Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association. Like all Business Improvement Districts in HRM, the municipal government collects the money from the commercial property owner through a levy on commercial taxes. These charges can then be passed on to the tenant operating a business within Quinpool’s Business Improvement District Boundary.
The money collected is used to pay for staffing, enhanced maintenance, graffiti removal, marketing initiatives, special events and projects. In addition to the direct funding received from commercial taxes, we hold an Annual Monte Carlo Night, to help pay for graffiti removal.
Members of the Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association will directly benefit from the promotional activities such as special events directed by the Association that draw people to Quinpool Road such as our annual Quinfest; Family Fun Day, Stock Up on Local Christmas Campaign, Annual Pet Parade and numerous other Holiday activities. Members businesses are highlighted on the Association’s web site, featured in the newsletter and on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Members are kept up to date on issues such as special events, marketing opportunities, seminars, parking, government advocacy, crime and safety and other matters of interest though frequent e-mail updates from the General Manager.