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What is a BID?

A Business Improvement District, or “BID,” is a downtown organization through which property and business owners in a designated area cooperate financially to provide services needed to market, maintain and manage the downtown. They are permitted by state legislation that authorizes municipalities to create BIDs to “initiate and administer programs to promote and enhance more attractive and safer commercial, industrial, business districts and business climates. In essence, BIDs are “self-help through self-taxation,” similar to Common Area Maintenance (CAM) fees used to finance operations of shopping centers and office parks. There are over 1,200 BIDs in the U.S. and Canada. Nearby BIDs are in Philadelphia (Center City, Manayunk, Old City, South Street, University City,) West Chester, Ardmore, Lancaster, Allentown, Reading, Wilmington, DE (downtown and waterfront) and Media.

The BID plan allowed OMI to continue its successful downtown Oxford revitalization programs. OMI was organized in 1999 to promote business development within Oxford’s historic downtown business district. While OMI receives financial support from Oxford Borough and local fund raising efforts, prior to the BID Plan, bulk of the funding came from the Pennsylvania Main Street program. By design, the state funding ended on December 31, 2006, and the BID tax revenue replaced those funds with support from the very businesses OMI was organized to serve.

BID Plan Objectives

Customer Marketing: to attract customers and visitor to Downtown Oxford increasing out market competitiveness with shopping centers, office parks and tourist destinations.

Business Attraction: to attract, retain and expand businesses in Downtown Oxford, reduce commercial/retail/office vacancy rates and promote new development opportunities

Design: to create an environment which protects property investments and enhances property values by promoting historic preservation, streetscape improvements and providing financial assistance for well-designed building façade improvements and business signage

Downtown Advocacy: to ensure that Downtown Oxford is clean, attractive and safe by working with Oxford Borough to pursue effective police, zoning and public works programs.

Downtown Organization: to provide stable, private funding for Downtown Oxford management and program initiatives by complementing existing funding programs of OMI.

BID Boundaries

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5 Year BID Plan

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Sunset Clause

Oxford’s BID Plan will be in effect for a period of five years from the date of approval. Continuation of services and property assessments will require a new plan and approval at that time.



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