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What's the Downtown GID?#

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GID’s are originated by petition of a majority of registered electors of a city who own real property in the proposed district.  GID’s have been used to construct public improvements in established neighborhoods and to build and operate parking districts and have been used to build public infrastructure on land intended for commercial or residential development.

A municipality’s governing body (for Fort Collins, the City Council) sits as ex-officio board of directors for the district. The City of Fort Collins Municipal Code, Chapter 22, authorizes the specific administrative rules and requirements for General Improvement Districts.

The City of Fort Collins Downtown GID is a tax district formed by property owners in 1976 for the purpose of funding parking, pedestrian, and street beautification improvements. See the map in the Resources section of this page for the specific Downtown GID boundaries.

The GID receives revenues primarily from a mill levy set by City Council members acting as the Governing Board. The mill levy has remained at 4.94 mils since 1992. The GID receives other revenues from a share of vehicle registration tax, and interest on the fund balance.

The GID is managed by City staff, and City Council sits as the governing Board. Examples of past projects include College Avenue corner plazas, medians and street trees; Oak Street Plaza with its fountains; Linden Street streetscape; recent sidewalk replacements; and on a smaller scale, the sidewalk bike dismount signs and decals.

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General Improvement District (GID) 2020 Year in Review#

While 2020 was a challenging year for our community, the GID was still able to get the job done. We made significant improvements with paver replacements, addressing safety concerns as well as visual improvements, contributed to sidewalk work for some of our local businesses, and replaced several tree grates that were broken, unsightly, and not ADA compliant.

Planned 2021 Activities:

  • Paving, Sidewalk, Forestry and Parks Work - the GID has $125,000 for customary upgrades.
  • DDA Alley - there is $300,000 budgeted contribution to the DDA for the alley enhancement project planned for 2021 which includes two alleys: (1) Oak to Olive St, W of College Ave (Ace Hardware) and (2) Tenney Court to Mason Street adjacent to Civic Center Garage. The DDA's estimated project budget for development is $3.4 million dollars.
  • DDA Parks Maintenance - $125,000 for a contribution to downtown parks maintenance to offset the additional functions the DDA has undertaken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Oak Street Plaza - $85,000 for Oak Street Plaza fountain system replacement.
  • Downtown Holiday Lights - the GID is picking up the portion of the cost previously covered by the DBA, increasing the cost to the GID from $55,000 to $90,000.
  • Capital Improvement Plan update - the GID is planning to produce a new capital improvement plan at the end of 2021.The GID will work with City departments, the DDA and business stakeholders to put together the priority capital projects for the next six years.
  • Begin discussions for expansion of the GID area.

View the 2020 Annual Report

GID 2020 Projects#

This sidewalk repair was part of the priority sidewalk and curb replacements for the GID. City's engineering analyzed intersections in the GID area to identify which ones are damaged and/or not accessible and is repairing intersection corners ranked with the highest risk and greatest need for repair.

2011 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)#

Why Did We Need This CIP?

A number of issues and ideas emerged over the past several years regarding the use of the GID fund. A new CIP was needed to address those topics, and to identify the next generation of potential projects to be pursued with the GID fund, from 2012 going forward for about 15 years.

Section 2 of Resolution 92-37 requires that the City Manager prepare a five-year CIP, to be submitted annually to the GID Board.