The NID would impose a tax increase on constituents, and the revenue from which would be put toward extra safety and cleaning services. Ironically, the bill is supported by the people who are paying into it, the rental property owners, and opposed by the residents who would reap its benefits for free- owner occupants. Owner-occupants whose homes will not be subject to the fee, don't have the opportunity to vote against the bill. PlanPhilly reports that several longtime community residents testified at a hearing two weeks ago that they opposed the NID not because they don't want extra cleaning and safety services in their neighborhood, but because they are being left out of the process.
Because people don't fully understand what a NID is, this is why there is so much opposition. Education and inclusion is key to making sure all affected residents feel respected and that they have value. Click HERE for a definition and description of a Neighborhood Improvement District. the City Council will be able to act on the bill after a 45-day period during which 51 percent of assessed property owners would have to vote against the NID in order to kill it,