For a BID to come into effect, a comprehensive legal process needs to be followed, as per the Business Improvement Districts Regulations 2021.
Under the regulations, the BID proposer (the BID task group at the time) provides a notice to the billing authority (HMGoG) requesting the billing authority to instruct the ballot holder to hold a BID ballot in relation to the BID business plan.
HMGoG appointed Peter Isola (a registered Notary Public) as the ballot holder (notice of appointment LN.2021/318), thereby commissioning him to carry out the BID ballot process in accordance with the Regulations. This process was fully independent and confidential.
The appointed ballot holder carried out the ballot process in line with the Regulations, using the official HMGoG database of non-domestic properties. Ballot papers were sent by post (by the Royal Gibraltar Post Office), as per the Regulations. The postal ballot was held from 1st September 2021 to 29th September 2021. Notice of ballot, instructions for issuing replacement ballots, ballot papers and return envelopes were sent via postal mail to each eligible non-domestic property’s address. Notice of ballot was also provided in direct marketing and was widely covered by local media, including instructions of how to request a ballot in the event that one wasn’t received.
The ballot holder certified on 1st October 2021 the results of the ballot, and declared that the proposal to establish the BID was approved, after a majority voted in favour of the proposal, both by floorspace and numbers voting.
The ballot holders declaring the BID business plan as approved gave the BID proposers (the BID task group) the green light to begin setting up the BID company (Downtown) and launching the 5-year project.