A Public Improvement District is a legal mechanism, described in Texas Local Government Code (LGC), Chapter 372, Subchapter A, for property owners in a defined geographic area to jointly plan and put in place a sustainable funding source that can pay for a set of services to improve their area.
M&O PIDs are created to provide additional services to the districts supplemental to those provided by the City. Common services overseen by PIDs include security, common-area maintenance (e.g. sidewalk cleaning), minor capital improvements, beautification efforts, promotional efforts including events and marketing. PIDs represent public/private partnerships as they are overseen and established through the local government entity but are commonly managed by an external organization.
PIDs are important economic development mechanisms that help stabilize commercial business districts and promote business growth along Austin commercial corridors and in activity centers.
PIDs are organized locally by property owners and businesses, but the legal authority to assess all property requires the formal authorization of the PID by the City Council. The City Council approves the designation, re-designation or expansion of the district, annually approves a Service and Assessment Plan and Budget, and annually adopts the special assessment roll.
Current M&O PIDs
The City of Austin has three established M&O PIDs. The three PIDs — Austin Downtown, East Sixth Street (downtown) and South Congress — were all established within the last twenty-five years with the most recent PID being South Congress.
Austin Downtown PID
East Sixth Street PID
South Congress PID