Frequently Asked Questions

What is a CID?

A CID, or Community Improvement District, is a self-taxing district that uses additional property tax dollars to improve its district such as accelerating transportation and infrastructure improvement projects. CIDs are comprised of private commercial properties zoned as Office/Industrial and Retail properties. Residential and multi-family properties are not taxable by a CID.

How is a Community Improvement District established?

To form a Community Improvement District takes the agreement of a simple majority of the commercial property owners within the district to create a CID. In addition, it is required that this simple majority of owners must represent at least 75 percent of the taxable value of the commercial property located within the proposed CID.

How is money raised to fund a Community Improvement District?

CIDs are funded by a self-imposed and self-regulated ad valorem real estate tax on commercial properties within the district. The tax will consist of additional mills being paid by the commercial property owners. A mill is equal to 1/10th of 1% of the assessed value of the property. For instance, if a property was valued at $100/sf, then one mill is roughly equal to $.04 per square foot. Because CIDs are controlled by private property owners and not their respective Counties, the property owners decide how to spend the money raised via a Board of Directors.

How does a CID work?

Commercial property owners agree to assess themselves additional ad-valorem real estate taxes in order to address critical issues such as traffic and safety. That money is collected by the Tax Commissioner of the local government and returned to the district by its respective county, and a board of directors then seeks to leverage that money and garner infrastructure improvements for the area. Some examples of how this money might be spent include environmental and engineering feasibility studies, funding new construction projects, upgrades to already funded projects, maintaining existing transportation features, and direct spending (traffic control officers).

What is the purpose of a CID?

The CID’s mission is to work continuously to improve the economic viability of its district. This includes the development of efficient transportation services, with an emphasis on access, mobility, diversification and modernization.

Is a CID a government entity?

A CID is a private business organization, not a government entity.

Can CIDs implement plans?

Yes. The model of a CID is to help accelerate plans for improvements from the design phase to implementation. CIDs participate in the bidding and selection process for contractors and engineers and also manage some of the projects under agreements with the local government.

Where is the North Fulton CID?

The North Fulton Community Improvement District encompasses the commercial corridor along Georgia Highway 400, running roughly from Mansell Road on the south to McGinnis Ferry Road at its northern terminus. Parts of Alpharetta, Roswell and Milton fall within the NFCID boundary.

What is "Blueprint North Fulton?"

Blueprint North Fulton is a land-use and development vision created by the CID in collaboration with area businesses, cities and neighbors. Crafted to sustain and enhance the exceptional quality of life in North Fulton and maintain its robust business environment, Blueprint North Fulton creates a cohesive plan for growth and development along the Georgia 400 commercial corridor. The North Fulton Community Improvement District sponsored the plan with cooperation from the cities of Alpharetta, Milton and Roswell to help fund and accelerate infrastructure improvements. The CID funded Blueprint North Fulton at a cost of $500,000.