Are there any considerations for new or struggling businesses?
All new businesses are provided a one-year grace period from the assessment of dues, which begins at the time they begin operation in their location within the district. During the grace period the business is provided the same rights and access to the services of the district as a full member, may vote in elections, and stand for election as a Director.
Businesses that are struggling financially or are unable to pay their assessment may request consideration on a case-by-case basis. Requests for alternate or deferred payment terms may be made in writing to the Board of Directors for the district that the business resides in. Requests should indicate:
- The reason(s) the business is seeking alternate payment terms
- The proposal made for alternate, deferred, or forgiven payment
- A schedule by which the business will make payments to prevent future delinquency
What are the district's assessments and how are they collected?
Assessments are collected from any business physically located within a district, and are assessed upon all types of businesses. Assessment rates differ between the district you are located within and the location of your business within said district.
Rate Zone 1 (West of George Washington Way)
Rate Zone 2 (East of George Washington Way)
Assessments are billed quarterly, in the first month of the quarter for which they are due. Businesses have the option to elect to pay annually, but must request the change in-writing to the City’s Redevelopment Project Manager. A $10.00 re-billing fee, will be mailed for past-due assessments. All collections costs, including attorney fees, are the responsibility of the business that failed to pay their assessment on time.
What is the City's role?
While the City’s main role is to collect dues and disperse them to the district, we also attend most Board of Directors meetings and work to provide guidance and assistance. The City’s agreement with each district requires that the City invoice and collect all dues owed to the district, which does not allow the City to modify, forgive, or refund any assessment not authorized explicitly. The City is authorized to collect dues assessed to each business, notify the district of any business that is delinquent on dues, and authorize the referral of unpaid assessments to a collections agency.
Who operates a Business Improvement District?
The Business Improvement District is enabled by the businesses located within its bounds, and all businesses located there are automatically members of the district. The membership annually elects persons to serve on the District’s Board of Directors, which must be made up of owners of businesses within the district. Every business located within the district with a valid business license and current on their dues is entitled to participate in services, vote for officers of the district, and stand for election to the district’s Board of Directors.
Each district holds a monthly meeting and an annual meeting, which may be attended by members of the district. The annual meeting is when the membership votes for directors to serve on the Board.
The Uptown Business Improvement District meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at:
226 Williams Boulevard
Richland, WA 99354
The Downtown (Parkway) Business Improvement District meets on the second Tuesday of each month at: