Downtown Business Improvement Area

DSMA Meeting

DSMA Meeting Slides and Video

The Downtown San Mateo Association (“DSMA”) and CivicMic hosted a virtual (Zoom) and telephone community meeting on March 30th, 2022, to discuss the proposed changes to the fee structure for the Downtown Business Improvement Area (“DBIA”). In this post, CivicMic shares the DSMA Meeting slides and video.   DSMA Meeting Slides (Click on any slide below to zoom in.  Hover the mouse pointer over any slide to stop.) Presentation by DSMA Presentation by CivicMic Video of the March 30th Community Meeting Please click the button to watch the video. Click Here Want to receive updates? Subscribe to receive updates via …

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DSMA Community Meeting Agenda 1

DSMA Community Meeting Agenda

In this post, CivicMic shares the DSMA community meeting agenda for the virtual meeting on Wednesday, March 30th at 9:00 AM (PST). CivicMic and the Downtown San Mateo Association (“DSMA”) are hosting the DSMA community meeting virtually, via (Zoom) and telephone, to discuss a proposed fee structure change and a rate increase for the Downtown Business Improvement Area (“DBIA”). This proposed change would make things more equitable and fair for business owners as it would into account the changes that have occurred in downtown San Mateo, reflect the benefits received by businesses in the DBIA, ensure the viability of the …

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DSMA Survey

DSMA Survey

In this post, CivicMic shares the DSMA survey. CivicMic works with the Downtown San Mateo Association (“DSMA”) to facilitate community outreach and public engagement opportunities to determine the level of public support for the expansion of existing services and activities to enhance the value for the Downtown Business Improvement Area (“DBIA”). The DSMA would like to engage the community in a discussion about how the fee structure can be changed to become more equitable to all business owners and raise revenue so that DSMA activities can continue for many years to come. The DSMA has proposed a new revenue target …

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DSMA Community Meeting

How to Join the DSMA Community Meeting

In this post, CivicMic shares instructions on how to download the Zoom app and join the DSMA community meeting. CivicMic and the Downtown San Mateo Association (“DSMA”)  are hosting the DSMA community meeting virtually, via (Zoom) and telephone, on Wednesday, March 30, at 9:00 AM (PST) to discuss a proposed fee structure change and a rate increase for the Downtown Business Improvement Area (“DBIA”). All businesses within the DBIA, excluding non-profits, are currently subject to the levy of the annual fee, based upon the location of the business, type of business, as well as gross sales if the business is classified …

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DSMA Overview

DSMA Overview

Background Since 1986, the Downtown San Mateo Association (“DSMA”) has been designated by the City Council to manage the Downtown Business Improvement District (“DBIA”). Originally activated to serve a largely retail-oriented district, the DSMA now manages a district with a much broader range of businesses.  Over the years, there has been a natural increase in the cost of operations for the DSMA (staff, cleaning, event production, etc.) while revenues have remained flat with the same rate structure since 2009.  As result, community leaders came together and agreed to review the level of service provided, budget and funding provided by the …

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DSMA Downtown Business Improvement Area

DSMA Downtown Business Improvement Area

Introduction: Downtown San Mateo Association The DSMA is the advisory board appointed by the City Council of the City of San Mateo to make recommendations to the Council on the expenditure of revenues derived from the levy of fee collected through the annual business license tax for businesses in the Downtown Business Improvement Area (“DBIA”).  The City established the DBIA fee in 1986 to provide decorations, promote public events, furnish music, and generally promote business activities within the DBIA.  More recently, the DSMA has focused on beautification and cleanliness, public outreach, promotion of the DBIA, and events. Changing Times in …

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