Business Improvement District

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are areas in which property owners agree to pay an assessment in addition to property taxes to fund privately-operated cleaning, security and marketing services. These services supplement those provided by City government. BIDs have been proven to help in reducing crime and to spark increased retail activity. Cleaner streets and sidewalks help this process.

Funding for Wilmington’s BID is provided primarily by property owners who pay an annual assessment directly to Downtown Visions based on their property tax assessments. Other sources for the operating budget come from proceeds from our for-profit subsidiary, Clean & Safe Services, Inc.

The properties with the top 10% (highest) assessed values pay approximately 80% of the overall assessments

BID ASSESSMENT FAQS

How is my assessment calculated?

Assessments are based on the following formula: Per $100 of New Castle County assessed value x .3160 = total assessment. To find out the assessed value of your property, contact the New Castle County Department of Land Use at 302-395-5400 or visit www.nccde.org.

When are assessment bills mailed?

Annual assessment bills are mailed late-June.

When is my assessment due?

Your bill runs from July 1 through June 30 and is due July 31.

Where do I mail my payment?

WDBID Management Company
(DBA) Downtown Visions
P.O. Box 71271
Philadelphia, PA 19176-6271

Can I pay my bill in person?

Yes. Bills may also be paid in person at Downtown Visions headquarters between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at 409 Orange Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

What if I have questions about my bill?
For questions about your assessment bill, please contact Loshawn Maxwell at
(302) 425-4200 ext. 105.

Safety Awareness Presentations

Downtown Visions conducts safety awareness presentations for corporations, office workers and anyone else whose group is interested in learning more about personal safety and crime prevention. Topics can include: personal safety, keeping your vehicle safe, and general Downtown Visions services. Presentations may be customized to suit your specific needs. For more information or to schedule a Safety Awareness Presentation, please contact Michael Maggitti at mmaggitti@downtownvisions.org.

Small Business Saturday

An American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. It is the counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. The Downtown Holiday parade is usually scheduled on Small Business Saturday encouraging customers to stay Downtown and shop local for great deals! Who knows, you may even get to visit with Santa!