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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Hackettstown Business Improvement District?
The Hackettstown BID is a non-profit organization that partners the public and private sectors in the promotion and development of the Hackettstown commercial district.
What does the BID do?
- promotes the town and its existing businesses as well as recruits new ones to fill the needs of Hackettstown residents.
- seeks to improve the physical aspects of the town, such as building facades, and promotes our historic designation.
- researches and analyses economic and demographic data.
- communicates with local businesses.
- applies to grant opportunities.
- evaluates how it is achieving its goals.
How is the BID funded?
The BID is funded through an assessment on taxable business properties. These assessments are leveraged through grants and sponsorships.
What is the BID's Strategic Plan?
Download a copy of the 2006-2008 Strategic Plan here:
Is every business owner required to participate?
Because the BID has been formally established by town ordinance, every commercial business owner is required to pay a small additional tax to help fund the BID.
Who is in charge of the BID?
The BID is run by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of 16 individuals from the town. Of these, ten are business owners; three are members of the town government, including the mayor and two councilpersons; and, at the invitation of the BID, one representative each from Masterfoods USA, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, and Centenary College. A full-time Executive Director runs the daily operations of the BID.
How can I become involved with the BID?
There are a few of ways that business owners and residents alike may become involved with the BID. As stated above, there are ten positions available on the Board for business owners. These positions come up yearly based upon a rotating two-year term. It is also possible for residents to serve on one of the committees based on their background and interest. Finally, public comment is welcome at the BID's monthly meetings. The BID makes a serious effort to listen to and understand your problems, and if possible, tries to make the necessary changes.
Where and when does the BID Board of Directors meet?
The regular public meetings of the Hackettstown BID Board are at 6:30 p.m. quarterly each year at the Municipal Building, located at 215 Stiger Street.
Who do I contact if I have a question about my BID assessment?
If you have a specific question relating to your BID tax, contact the Municipal Assessor at 908 852 6767, or the Tax Collector at 908 853 3130. If it is a general question, contact the BID Director either by e-mail or by phone at 908 850-5004.
How can I contact the BID?
You may contact the Executive Director by phone at 908 850 5004 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also make an appointment to speak with him in person.
How do I know what is new with the BID?
For updates on news, events and programs, be sure to check the website periodically.
Director Jim Sheldon • Phone: (908) 850-5004 • Email: email@example.com