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District Panel Talk: A Ballpark for Everyone.  Tuesday, September 26th, 6:00 PM at Original Pattern Brewing, 292 4th Street. With: Jeff Bellisario, Bay Area Council &...

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SC - Frequently Asked Questions:

What is an Improvement District? 

Jack London District property owners can establish an Improvement District by agreeing to jointly fund improvement projects through an assessment paid by all property owners within the district. 

Improvement District funded projects must legally benefit property owners, including, but not limited to, expenditures that promote commerce and tourism, and reduce vacancies and crime. 

Improvement Districts funds are managed by a non-profit organization made up of property and business owners of the district, thus ensuring that their investment in the district pays off. 

How much will it cost? 

The assessment for each property is based on service frequency, location, and parcel type. Most properties are assessed on street frontage, building square footage, and lot square footage, and condos are assessed on floor square footage. Assessment levels, or benefit zones, are determined by location in the district (see map). Assessments are collected by the Alameda County Tax Collector.

What have Improvement Districts done?

Improvement Districts lead to effective planning, financing, and executing of improvement projects in struggling urban communities.

You may have noticed the impact of Improvement Districts in the presence of Safety Ambassadors in Downtown Oakland, rigorous graffiti abatement and consistent sidewalk sweeping led by Maintenance Crews in Koreatown/Northgate, and pedestrian-oriented LED lighting and public art work in Temescal.

Improvement Districts enable district property owners to make their properties more desirable by investing in their surroundings.

Will the City reduce its services if we establish JLID?

No. A service baseline agreement will be entered into with city agencies that currently provide services in the Jack London District; the Improvement District will hold those agencies accountable for continuing to provide services at their current level.

How will the JLID be managed?

A non-profit organization staffed by at least one employee will be created to manage the JLID. A Board of Directors, made up of key property owners and other stakeholders in the community, will govern the organization, ensuring that funds are collected and spent according to the district’s service plan. The JLID will last for 5-10 years. At the end of that period, property owners may choose to renew the Improvement District. 

How much will it cost? 

The assessment for each property is based on service frequency, location, and parcel type. Most properties are assessed on street frontage, building square footage, and lot square footage, and condos are assessed on floor square footage. Assessment levels, or benefit zones, are determined by location in the district (see map). Assessments are collected by the Alameda County Tax Collector.

Will the City reduce its services if we establish JLID?

No. A service baseline agreement will be entered into with city agencies that currently provide services in the Jack London District; the Improvement District will hold those agencies accountable for continuing to provide services at their current level.

 


 


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