Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Business Improvement District (BID)?
A business improvement district (BID) is a defined area within which businesses pay an additional tax or fee in order to fund improvements within the district’s boundaries. Grant funds acquired by the city for special programs and/or incentives such as tax abatements can be made available to assist businesses or to recruit new business. BIDs provide services, such as cleaning streets, providing security, making capital improvements, construction of pedestrian and streetscape enhancements, and marketing the area. The services provided by BIDs are supplemental to those already provided by the municipality.
How was the KOP-BID formed?
The King of Prussia Business Improvement District (KOP-BID) was formed in 2010 by an Upper Merion Township Municipal Ordinance and by vote of the property owners within the boundaries of the BID. The BID’s first programs began in January 2011.
How many properties are in the BID?
There are more than 450 properties within the KOP-BID boundary but only 262 properties are currently assessed. Assessed properties are those that have a commercial zoning classification.
What is the assessment fee?
The fee paid by assessed property owners is .00089 mils on the tax rate. Roughly, this equates to approximately 4% of a property owners total tax bill. The fee is paid one time per year and collected directly by the BID.
How much revenue does the assessment fee generate?
The assessment fee generates approximately $1,035,000 per year. A 2% discount is offered to property owners who pay their fees within four (4) weeks of receiving their bill.
How large is the BID area?
The BID covers approximately 1,900 acres or nearly 3 square miles! If you were to overlay the KOP-BID on top of Philadelphia, it would cover nearly all of downtown Philadelphia from river to river! Click here for a map of KOP-BID.
What is the assessment fee used for?
The assessment fee is used for programs to improve the physical environment, market and promote the community, conduct research projects on tax policy and land use& zoning and development initiatives to improve multi-modal transportation. Learn more about KOP-BID programs and projects here.
How is the BID governed?
The BID is governed by a 15 member Board of Directors. The three (3) largest assessed properties are guaranteed a seat on the Board. Upper Merion Township is also guaranteed one seat on the Board. The remaining Board members are a diverse mix of large and small property owners representing various industries throughout King of Prussia.
Is the BID a government entity or municipal authority?
KOP-BID is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It is NOT a government entity or a municipal authority. The BID does, however, have the legal authority to place liens on property owners who do not pay their assessment fee.
How many employees work at the BID?
KOP-BID employs two (2) people, an Executive Director and a Marketing Coordinator.
Can I join the BID?
Property owners within the Business Improvement District area may ‘join’ my paying the assessment fee equal to 0.00089 mils of the county assessment rate. Since KOP-BID is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, organizations and individuals who support our mission and goals can make tax deductible contributions to the BID to help us continue to improve King of Prussia. Interested in donating? Contact us today!
How long will the BID last?
The BID is currently authorized for five (5) years. At the end of the fifth year, assessed property owners will have the opportunity to vote to renew the BID.
How can I reach KOP-BID with my questions?
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