McMinnville Downtown Economic Improvement District

The City of McMinnville contracts the McMinnville Downtown Association to administer the funds collected on behalf of the Economic Improvement District (EID). As a 501c(6) non-profit, the association is able to utilize other funding sources to greatly reduce the cost of services to the district.

What is an EID?

Economic Improvement Districts are designated commercial districts in which property owners agree to self-assess a fee that funds a higher level of service than otherwise provided by a municipality. The MDA works with property and business owners on a wide variety of projects, seeks to assist with development projects and improve the general economic climate in downtown McMinnville. The MDA provides a unified and influential voice in regards to downtown policies, legislative decisions, parking, streetscape issues, overall safety and beautification. McMinnville’s downtown Economic Improvement District (EID) has been in place since 1986. EIDs can be renewed indefinitely for up to three years at a time with the approval of district property owners.

MDA's Strategic Objectives in regards to EIDs

  • Continue to maintain a less than 3 percent vacancy rate in downtown McMinnville.
  • Activate second floor spaces in downtown McMinnville.
  • Develop long-term housing units within the EID.
  • Expand the patrol program to ensure downtown McMinnville is a safe and vibrant community.
  • Find solutions to parking shortage in downtown McMinnville.
  • Partner with and support the City of McMinnville's EID objectives.

How are EID’s created?

Typically, a representative group of property owners work to gather support for the district’s creation. An ordinance is proposed by the city commission and open for public comment. If property owners representing more than two-thirds of the assessment fees choose not to object, the district is formed or renewed.

What is downtown McMinnville's fee structure?

Property owners within McMinnville’s EID are assessed by two zones. Zone One is 7.5 cents per square foot of the footprint of the property. Zone Two is 3.5 cents per square foot of the footprint of the property. Any portion of a property that includes residential, city, county or state owned, or nonprofit is excluded from the assessed value.