The City of Billings has chosen to utilize the practice of Special Improvement Districts for the construction of certain public improvements. This practices ensures that tax dollars are spent on an equitable basis and keeps general taxes as reasonable as possible.
What is a Special Improvement District?
A Special Improvement District (commonly referred to as an SID) is a group of properties that become a legal entity in order to construct public improvements. Some improvements that can be constructed through an SID include street paving, curb and gutter, water main, sewer main, and storm drain. Improvement costs are carried by property owners within the SID boundaries.
Initiation of a District
One or more interested property owners may request creation of a district. An informal petition may be obtained from the City engineer's office. Although the petition may be submitted bearing the signatures of any number of property owners, it is most helpful if at least 51% of the property owners within the proposed district boundary indicate an interest in having the improvements constructed.
Neighborhood Meetings Neighborhood meetings to inform property owners about the district may be set up. The City engineer's office, or a consulting engineer, will often attend meetings to provide information because property owners may have technical questions concerning boundaries, improvement design, or the method of assessment. The City recognizes these issues can be influencing factors in the decision to create the district, so every effort is made to have City staff on hand to answer property owners' questions.