About Us Board of Directors | AID Facts
The Airline Improvement District was created by House Bill #1458, was authored by State Representative Kevin Bailey and sponsored in the Senate by Mario Gallegos in the 79th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. The bill creating the District took effect June 17, 2005.
The Harris County Community and Economic Development Department (HCEDD), in coordination with the offices of State Representative Kevin Bailey and County Commissioner El Franco Lee, worked with area business and community leaders in a planning process for the Airline community’s revitalization. The group, referred to as the Airline Drive District Community Plan Vision Team, held a series of public meetings conducted by area business and community leaders that helped develop a revitalization plan and established priorities for the District.
The District is located completely within unincorporated Harris County and is solely within a portion of the 77037 zip code. The District is predominately urban with some facets of suburban and rural landscape. It is approximately 4 square miles, has approximately 16,000 residents and is north of Downtown Houston. The District is surrounded by the City of Houston but is outside its corporate limits. Like many areas in unincorporated portions of North Houston it has experienced economic decline and social change. These elements have combined to create public needs that state laws do not empower county governments to serve.
The District’s mission is to supplement government services to improve the overall quality of the District and its desirability for residents, consumers and businesses.
The District is governed by a board of nine voting directors. The Board of Directors is comprised of property owners, employees or agents of area businesses as well as residents of the District. The Directors oversee the business of the District and have implemented a number of improvements within its boundaries.
The District generates revenue through a 1% retail sales tax that brings the total effective tax rate to 8.25% and began January 1, 2006 within the boundaries of the District. The revenue generated by the sales tax remains in the community to pay for projects that improve areas such as public safety, mobility and needed infrastructure.
The Airline Improvement District Board of Directors meets at 11:30 am bi-monthly on the last Thursday of scheduled months. The meetings are held at the Little York Fire Department located at 10410 Airline Drive, Houston, Texas 77037 (meeting dates and additional information is attached under the link above).