Sep. 10, 2021

HARRISBURG – Reps. Carrie Lewis DelRosso (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) and Robert Matzie (D-Beaver/Allegheny) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would amend the Neighborhood Improvement District (NID) Act to allow more flexibility in the creation of districts, while also streamlining the process to allow for maximum return on investment.

“Our tourism and hospitality industries are hurting like never before as they try to recover from the pandemic,” said Lewis DelRosso. “It is important that we provide counties and municipalities all the necessary policy tools to promote and enhance economic growth.”

The NID Act was first enacted in 2000 and allows local governing bodies and their residents to create a NID to implement special assessments on their properties in order to finance public infrastructure improvements. Policy needs have changed significantly since then. House Bill 1761 would provide the same simplified process and flexibility already afforded to NID authorization in Philadelphia County to the rest of the state. 

“Ensuring that an adequate funding stream is available has long been a goal of stakeholders for our region and around the state, and this legislation will do just that,” Matzie said. “It’s clear that dollars spent to promote our communities are supporting jobs and the economy and is the definition of community and economic development. It’s a win-win at a time when the industry needs it the most.”

The bill will be considered by the House Urban Affairs Committee.

Rep. Carrie Lewis DelRosso
33rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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