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Business Improvement Areas funding

The below table shows the budget for Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) for the past year and is updated annually.

A BIA is established by businesses in an area to jointly raise and administer funds for various projects and promotional activities. BIA annual budgets are typically approved by Council in January. Businesses located in a BIA will then receive a BIA tax bill in February each year. BIAs are self-funded. The Business Improvement Area Tax is collected by The City of Calgary on behalf of the BIA and a cheque is typically issued to the BIA prior to the end of Quarter 1.

2020 Business Improvement Areas - Funding

BIA tax rate calculation


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Each Business Improvement Area (BIA)’s Board of Directors establishes a proposed annual budget which is submitted to City Council for approval. Once approved, a BIA tax rate sufficient to meet the budget requirement is established. The BIA tax rate equals the BIA’s annual approved budget amount divided by the total business assessment within the BIA.

Formula

BIA tax rate = BIA’s annual approved budget amount ÷ Total business assessment within the BIA

BIA tax bill calculation


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BIA tax is levied on any business that occupies space within one of the 15 BIAs within Calgary during the calendar year. Your BIA tax bill equals the assessed value of your business premises multiplied by the BIA tax rate.

Formula

BIA tax bill = Assessed value of your business premises × BIA tax rate

The BIA tax rate reflects the amount of tax to be paid for each $1 of assessed value. BIA tax is based on the calendar year January 1 to December 31.

BIA tax bylaws


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BIA taxation:2020 Business Improvement Area Tax Bylaw 3M2020

BIA tax rate:2020 Business Improvement Area Tax Rates Bylaw 2M2020

BIA tax rates 2020


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​BIA / Improvement District ​Businesses ​Budg​​et ($​) 2020 BIA ​​Tax Rate
BIA / Improvement District: ​Beltline Businesses: 391​ Budget ($): 400,000​ 2020 BIA Tax Rate: ​0.01261
BIA / Improvement District: ​​Mainstreet Bowness Businesses: 56 Budget ($): ​50,100 2020 BIA Tax Rate: ​​0.02074
BIA / Improvement District: ​Bridgeland Businesses: 135​ Budget ($): 100,000​ 2020 BIA Tax Rate: ​0.01341
BIA / Improvement District: Calgary Downtown Association​ Businesses: ​2,442 Budget ($): ​1,586,825 2020 BIA Tax Rate: ​0.00389
BIA / Improvement District: ​Chinatown Businesses: ​327 Budget ($): ​215,000 2020 BIA Tax Rate: ​0.01308
BIA / Improvement District: ​Crescent Heights Village Businesses: 111​ Budget ($): 120,000​ 2020 BIA Tax Rate: ​0.02714
BIA / Improvement District: 4th Street S.W. Businesses: ​214 Budget ($): ​​205,800 2020 BIA Tax Rate: ​0.02408
BIA / Improvement District: Greenview Industrial Businesses: 288 Budget ($): ​50,000​ 2020 BIA Tax Rate: ​0.00519
BIA / Improvement District: ​Inglewood Businesses: ​209 Budget ($): ​285,000 2020 BIA Tax Rate: ​0.02432
BIA / Improvement District: ​International Avenue Businesses: ​404 Budget ($): ​288,500 2020 BIA Tax Rate: ​0.01623
BIA / Improvement District: Kensington​ Businesses: ​245 Budget ($): ​220,000 2020 BIA Tax Rate: ​​0.02028
BIA / Improvement District: ​Marda Loop Businesses: ​146 Budget ($): ​220,000 2020 BIA Tax Rate: ​0.02658
BIA / Improvement District: ​​Montgomery on the Bow Businesses: ​113 Budget ($): ​70,000 2020 BIA Tax Rate: ​0.01407
BIA / Improvement District: 17th Avenue Retail & Entertainment District Businesses: 695 Budget ($): ​559,000 2020 BIA Tax Rate: ​0.02004
BIA / Improvement District: Victoria Park​ Businesses: ​298 Budget ($): ​369,369 2020 BIA Tax Rate: ​0.01502
BIA / Improvement District: First Street​ (between 12 Avenue and 14 Avenue S.W. in Victoria Park BIA​)​ Businesses: ​21 Budget ($): ​included in Victoria Park 2020 BIA Tax Rate: ​0.01547
 
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