Tomorrow night staff also wants the council members to re-approve the city’s Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID), this time for a 10-year period.
What’s a TBID you say? Good question.
Just how successful is it?
Staff never says. Instead, they try to credit this TBID with, among other things, more hotel building in town. Which could not be more ludicrous or dishonest. (If true, it also shows that we obviously don’t need a TBID in Burbank!)
And who pays for this TBID assessment district in particular, which is similar to the old Magnolia Park staff-led PBID that the merchants down there overwhelmingly rejected a few years ago?
Not the hotel owners.
No wonder they like it. That’s because the guests are the ones who are paying for it, as a surcharge on their room rates.
Those are all individual booster groups dedicated to their own benefit. More power to them. They all do their own thing, and it obviously works. But neither they nor we need a useless, no-account, city led “TBID” lobbying bureaucracy with such a vague prospectus. Those guys are enough — it’s not like we’re Visalia or something where there’s nothing going on.
Obviously, the city council tomorrow night should reject this one straight out. Again, what has it ever done? The only stuff we’ve seen come out of their hands is always pretty dorky. They make Burbank look like Visalia.
And where’s their accounting?