The process of forming a GBD involves multiple phases, with extensive community engagement throughout
planning & FEASIBILITY analysis
Community leaders explore whether and how a GBD could work for the Inner Sunset. They conduct a professional survey to develop a more nuanced understanding of the neighborhood’s interests, priorities, and willingness to support a GBD. The survey results helps to determine whether the initiative proceeds to the next step - and if so, where the boundaries of the proposed GBD might be.
The community must create a management plan that outlines the goals, boundaries, services and assessment methodology for their proposed district. This process includes an extensive public outreach and benefit evaluation process, to ensure that a GBD boundaries contains only parcels that will receive a special benefit from proposed services, activities and improvements. This plan must be approved by the City Attorney's office.
PETITION phase - 30% weighted support
Next, the community launches a petition process to obtain a Board of Supervisors' approval to initiate a ballot. Each parcel within the proposed district will receive a petition indicating their individualized assessment and the percentage it represents of the total assessment budget. If the petition is signed by 30% of property owners in the proposed district, weighted by individual contributions to the district budget, the Board of Supervisors may initiate ballot procedures.
BALLOT phase - 50% weighted support
If the petition phase demonstrates sufficient support and the Board of Supervisors approves, an assessment ballot proceeding is launched. The Department of Elections issues a ballot to the property owners within the proposed boundaries of a GBD. This is a special ballot election independent of the general elections in November.
For the district to be formed, a simple majority (50% plus one) of the returned weighted ballots must be in favor. If the vote hits this required mark, the Board of Supervisors will adopt an ordinance to officially establish a GBD.
For detailed information, please see: GBD Voting Procedures