HOW DID THE HDPA GET STARTED?
In 1988, business owners in the downtown area, with the cooperation of the city and authorized by RCW 35.87, petitioned the city to form a business improvement area association (BIAA). The organization, dedicated to the beautification and promotion of Historic Downtown Poulsbo is now known as Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association (HDPA).
Businesses self-assess fees to support the beautification, preservation and marketing of Downtown Poulsbo. Donations are also accepted from corporations and any other business or individuals who wish to participate in the program.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
HDPA elects an 8 member governing board from its membership that meets monthly.
The board creates the annual budget of revenue and expenditures and presents it to the city council for approval.
HDPA funds are held by the City of Poulsbo in a separate fund.
The city processes all billings to the business owners on behalf of HDPA.
All expenditures, after being reviewed by the board are processed and paid by the city.
The City of Poulsbo audits and ensures that all revenues and expenditures are according to the budget and are in compliance within the guidelines of the association.