Business Improvement District
A business improvement district is a specific geographic area within a community where property owners are levied an additional tax that goes for a specific purpose. The idea has been raised in Charlottesville on at least two occasions but one has not yet materialized.
2012 - 2014
In the fall of 2014, the Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville began investigating the creation of a Business Improvement District|business improvement district]] to help raise revenue to pay for additional services in and around the Downtown Mall.  Bob Stroh read a letter to Council on February 17, 2015. That night the idea was championed by Jim Neale, Ludwig Kuttner, Wes Bellamy and Louis Schultz.
The idea was to levy a 13-cent property tax on land and buildings around the mall. However, the concept drew the opposition of many landowners. 
City's community improvement district
- Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, March 12, 2003.
- Web. City Council supports formation of special downtown tax district, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, August 19, 2014, retrieved September 2, 2014.
- Web. February 17, 2015, City Council Minutes, City of Charlottesville, retrieved October 20, 2017.
- Web. Downtown business association withdraws tax district request, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 2, 2015, retrieved April 27, 2016.
- Web. http://cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/20225-tax-district-questions/, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 22, 2015, retrieved April 27, 2016.
- Web. Business Improvement Districts, Chris Engel, Memo to City Manager Maurice Jones, City of Charlottesville, December 20, 2012, retrieved April 27, 2016.