WHAT IS THE MORRISTOWN PARTNERSHIP SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (SID)?
As the Special Improvement District (SID) of Morristown, the Morristown Partnership is a nonprofit organization that works with key downtown stakeholders – such as property owners, retailers, residents, government leaders, and community organizations – to advance our collective vision for the future of downtown Morristown.
MISSION: TO HELP MORRISTOWN ACHIEVE ITS FULL POTENTIAL AS A PREMIER COMMUNITY IN WHICH TO LIVE, WORK, PLAY, SHOP AND DO BUSINESS
HOW DOES THE MORRISTOWN PARTNERSHIP DEFINE THE “SID?”
The Morristown Partnership, through municipal ordinance, defines the SID as specific block and lots on the following streets:
High Street Court
Martin Luther King Avenue
Mount Kemble Avenue
The Morristown Partnership provides advocacy and direct services to the boundary within that area defined by the Special Improvement District. The SID is roughly bordered by the one mile radius of the Morristown Green.
The Morristown Partnership receives approximately 50% of its funding via commercial property special assessments per municipal ordinance. Assessments are collected quarterly by the Town of Morristown. Morristown Partnership fundraises the remaining 50% of its annual budget through private donations, corporate sponsorships, event participations fees and collaborative advertising initiatives. The SID Assessment is calculated by multiplying the properties’ total assessed value by the SID rate (.105%) less any proration determined by the Tax Assessor.
Formula to determine your estimated annual SID payment:
Net Taxable Value (Land Value + Improvement Value) x .00105 = Annual SID Payment
HOW SPECIFICALLY DOES THE MORRISTOWN PARTNERSHIP SERVE DOWNTOWN?
Morristown Partnership is a full-time advocate for downtown supporting initiatives that increase the value and vitality of the area including economic development initiatives in areas of marketing, creative placemaking, promotions, events, redevelopment, business recruitment and retention and capital improvement projects.
In addition, Morristown Partnership provides direct services for downtown including:
Shop local and gift certificate programs
Retail recruitment and site selection support services
Business networking events
Star Ledger and NJ.com partnership promoting Morristown through print and digital publications year-round. (Only community in New Jersey to partner with supplemental publications.)
Production of the annual community events including: Morristown Restaurant Week, Meet Me in Morristown, Morristown Farmers Market, Morristown Festival on the Green, Downtown Morristown Halloween Trick or Treat, Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green
WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE MORRISTOWN PARTNERSHIP?
Over 500 commercial properties and their tenants are members of the Morristown Partnership. Downtown property owners within the boundaries of the SID are automatically assessed through a quarterly tax bill from the municipality. We include commercial tenants within these properties in our membership.
IS THE MORRISTOWN PARTNERSHIP PART OF THE TOWN OF MORRISTOWN?
No, the Morristown Partnership is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a District Management Corporation (DMC). The Morristown Partnership has a good working relationship with the Town. This enables the organization to work as an advocate for downtown as well as work through challenges quickly for its constituents, the downtown property and business owners.
CAN THE MORRISTOWN PARTNERSHIP RESOLVE ISSUES WITH THE TOWN OF MORRISTOWN AND ITS INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENTS?
Yes. The Morristown Partnership prides itself on its advocacy role and its ability to work with the various town departments. While the Morristown Partnership can’t solve all challenges, often the Morristown Partnership staff know just who to call to get a job done quickly or get a question answered.
CAN THE MORRISTOWN PARTNERSHIP MAKE RULES FOR THE DOWNTOWN?
No, only the Morristown Town Council can make rules for downtown. The Morristown Partnership has facilitated many community stakeholder groups to study issues affecting downtown. Out of these have come recommendations to the Town Council for new ordinances, and revisions to existing ordinances.
HOW DOES THE MORRISTOWN PARTNERSHIP HELP PROMOTE BUSINESS?
The Morristown Partnership’s staff participates in all planning initiatives that affect downtown’s business climate. This includes plans for everything from regional transportation systems to neighborhood redevelopment projects. We act as a liaison between businesses and policy makers to ensure all voices are heard and plans promote positive growth of downtown’s retail, commercial, and residential markets.
WHAT ARE THE PHONE NUMBERS FOR THE LOCAL PARKING GARAGES OR PARKING LOTS DOWNTOWN?
As a service to people visiting downtown, the Morristown Parking Authority (MPA) provides a listing of downtown parking garages here.
WHO SHOULD I CALL WHEN PROBLEMS ARISE WITH IN THE SID?
Call 911 immediately for response to all crimes and emergencies in progress.
Call Morristown Police non-emergency line (973) 538-2200 promptly to report all crimes that have already occurred – or crimes not currently in progress. This may include property crimes or vandalism, graffiti, crimes against people, public order difficulties and more.
When you are in doubt about where to call, call 911 and let the trained operator determine how to route your call and deploy appropriate resources.
If your problem is not an emergency, please call the Morristown Partnership and we will do our best to direct you to the appropriate contact. (973) 455-1133
CAN THE MORRISTOWN PARTNERSHIP TELL ME HOW MUCH MONEY I OWE IN SID ASSESSMENT?
No, The Town of Morristown collects assessments paid to the SID along with taxes paid to the Town itself. Questions should be directed to the Tax Collector’s office at (973) 292-6669
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Morristown Partnership 14 Maple Avenue, Suite 201 Morristown, NJ 07960