Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID)

What is a SSMID? A Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District, or SSMID, is a tool communities in Iowa can use to help fund public improvement and maintenance projects within a specified area. SSMID funds are created through an additional tax placed on property owners in the defined District. A SSMID may only be established after enough property owners initiate their support through a voluntary petition process. A SSMID Board of Directors is responsible for setting project priorities and making recommendations for expenditures of the SSMID funds. The City Council ultimately considers and approves the expenditures recommended by the Board.

Fort Dodge is not alone in using SSMIDs - Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Davenport, Newton, Webster City, and others have at least one SSMID. These SSMIDs promote continued economic development/redevelopment and business growth/retention within the adopted Districts.

*Fort Dodge has two separate Self-Supported Municipal Improvement Districts (SSMIDS)*

Downtown SSMID

The Downtown SSMID has been in place since 1982. The Downtown SSMID funds are now administered by Main Street Fort Dodge, who determines project priorities and expenditures, which are reported to the City Council bi-annually.  Visit the Main Street Fort Dodge website for further information!

Downtown SSMID Map

Corridor SSMID

The second SSMID is the Corridor Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (CSSMID), which was established in November 2017 and exists along 5th Avenue South from South 15th Street eastward to South 32nd Street. CSSMID will focus its efforts on right-of-way maintenance for mowing and snow removal beginning in the mowing season of 2018. Funds may also be used to help fund other public improvement projects within the CSSMID.

Corridor SSMID Map

CSSMID By-Laws - will be uploaded soon! 

The seven member CSSMID Board, made up of property owners or their designees, governs the use of CSSMID funds with approval of the City Council. 

CSSMID Board Members Term Expiration
Matt Johnson January 2021
Curt Bacon January 2019
Joyce Lennon January 2020
Terry Dooley January 2020
Keith Osterberg January 2021
Lucas Battcher January 2021
Anita Harris January 2019 

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