FARGO — Fargo’s Business Improvement District operation to improve and enhance the appeal of downtown will have its biggest budget yet as it enters its 10th year.
The funds for BID are raised mostly from special assessments each property owner pays annually with rates the highest along Broadway and then dropping in the five various zones downtown.
The revenue will increase more than $100,000 to $654,394 in 2022 due to more properties being built downtown.
BID does project work such as helping with parades and other events to receive extra revenue.
BID Administrator Cindy Graffeo told the Fargo City Commission last week that the increase will mean they can hire one more staff member, raising the staff from five to six employees.
Workers not only clean and work on safety issues downtown but also serve as ambassadors to the city helping by visitors and residents with information about downtown.