MID Ratepayer Information

Metropolitan Improvement District ratepayers are private property owners within the defined MID boundaries. On a periodic basis, these commercial and residential property owners agree to pay an additional annual tax to fund supplemental services downtown, including cleaning, safety and hospitality. A small number of organizations also pay into the MID on a voluntary basis. The MID is managed by the Downtown Seattle Association and overseen by a 35-member MID Advisory Board Committee. Following is more information for ratepayers, including how to stay informed and engaged.

2023–2033 Budget and Work Plan

The Metropolitan Improvement District is a business-improvement area in downtown Seattle spanning 300 square blocks — from Denny Way to Pioneer Square and from I-5 to the waterfront. The MID’s budget and work plan supports downtown’s ongoing recovery and the continuation of cleaning, safety and hospitality services following the reauthorization of the MID for an additional 10 years.

MID Business Plan (PDF)

 

Learn About Your Assessment

If you have any questions about your assessment please email: bia.administrator@seattle.gov.

Assessment Insert (PDF)

Get Engaged

The Metropolitan Improvement District hosts several committees that MID ratepayers are welcome to attend virtually or in person held at the DSA office. You will need Zoom software to join virtually.

MID Ratepayer Advisory Board

Open for ratepayers to attend in person or virtually

The board meets on Tuesdays from 8-9:15 a.m. on:

  • Sept. 26, 2023
  • Nov. 28, 2023
  • Jan. 30, 2024
  • March 26, 2024
  • May 28, 2024
  • June 25, 2024
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 816 6038 971Passcode: 414511

Meeting materials will be available 24 hours prior to each meeting and archived for your convenience.

Materials for May 28, 2024:

  • Presentation
  • Board packet (includes agenda)
  • Minutes (available after each meeting)

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Bailor at emilyb@downtownseattle.org.

Interested in learning more about the MID Ratepayer Advisory Board’s bylaws? Download the most current MID governance material.

MID Finance Committee

Open for ratepayers to attend in person or virtually

This committee meets from 9-10 a.m. on the following Wednesdays:

  • Sept. 20, 2023
  • Oct. 18, 2023
  • Nov. 15, 2023
  • Dec. 20, 2023
  • Jan. 17, 2024
  • Feb. 21, 2024
  • March 20, 2024
  • April 17, 2024
  • May 15, 2024
  • June 20, 2024
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 898 1387 5556
Passcode: 489462

Meeting materials will be available 24 hours prior to each meeting and archived for your convenience.

  • Agenda
  • Meeting presentations
  • Committee packets
  • Meeting minutes (available after each meeting)

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Bailor at emilyb@downtownseattle.org.

MID Clean & Safe Committee

Open for ratepayers to attend in-person

This committee meets every other month at the DSA office from 9-10:15 a.m. on the following Tuesdays:

  • Oct. 10, 2023
  • Dec. 12, 2023
  • Feb. 13, 2024
  • April 9, 2024
  • June 11, 2024

For information on the committee and how to attend, please contact Brian Cannon at brianc@downtownseattle.org.

Parks & Public Spaces Committee

Open for ratepayers to attend in-person.

This committee meets monthly and meeting dates are currently being determined. For more information, and to learn how to join, please contact Jennifer Casillas at jenniferc@downtownseattle.org.

MID Archives

MID Ratepayer Advisory Board

The board meets every other month to oversee operations and review program updates. Our archive includes meeting materials, presentations, board packets and minutes.

If you’re interested in learning more about the MID Ratepayer Advisory Board’s bylaws, download the most current MID governance materials here.

Past meeting materials:

January 2024 Board Packet

March 2024 Board Packet

MID Finance Committee

This committee meets monthly to review the previous month’s budget. The committee is responsible for the preparation of the yearly budget and make finance recommendations to the ratepayer board. In addition to financial guidance, this group assists with audits and external financial reviews. It may also perform other duties and activities to assist the DSA Board of Directors’ fulfillment of its fiduciary duties to the corporation. The archive includes meeting materials and minutes.

The Metropolitan Improvement District is a state-enabled Parking and Business Improvement Area, per RCW 35.87A.

As such, it requires the Seattle City Council to establish it through the passage of an ordinance. The first ordinance establishing the MID was passed in 1999 and lasted five years. It covered the Denny Triangle, Retail Core, West Edge, Waterfront, and most of the Pioneer Square neighborhoods.

The MID was renewed by the City Council in 2004, 2013 and in 2023 for another 10 years. Through the most recent renewal process, the MID was expanded to include several additional blocks of downtown at the south end of Pioneer Square near Seattle stadiums. Download the full ordinance.