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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a BID?

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a public/private partnership in which property and business owners elect to make a collective contribution to the maintenance, development and promotion of a commercial district. There are many BIDs throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area and across the country.

Why Form a BID?

The purpose of a BID is to improve conditions for business in a specific area, attract and retain businesses, generate jobs and improve the quality of life for those who use the district. A BID enables stakeholders to decide which services to provide to meet the district's unique needs.

How is a BID Funded?

BID programs and services are underwritten by a special assessment collected from property owners in the defined boundaries of the district. The assessment is levied on the property-owners, who may pass it on to their tenants, if their lease contains such a provision.

How big is the Crystal City BID boundary?

The Crystal City BID boundary covers approximately 250 acres (click here for aerial map).