Ratepayer Advisory Board

About the University District Business Improvement Area’s Ratepayer Advisory Board

An initial Ratepayer Advisory Board was appointed by the Seattle City Director of Finance. This Board was affirmed and continues today.

Find Ratepayer Advisory Board Meeting Minutes, Agendas, and Legal documents here.

It is responsible for making recommendations to the Director of Finance on the annual work plan and budget for the U District Business Improvement Area (UDBIA) in accordance with the established UDBIA Bylaws.

The ordinance stipulates the following for its membership:

  • One member must be a resident (owner or renter)
  • One member must be a commercial tenant
  • 80% of members or more must be Ratepayers (as that term is defined by the City)
  • One member must be a Ratepayer contributing less than 0.5% of the total assessment.
  • No more than 35% may represent the University of Washington
  • There is an annual meeting of all Ratepayers

Current Board Members

  • MAUREEN EWING, CO-CHAIR – U HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CENTER
  • AARON HOARD, CO-CHAIR – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
  • KATE BARR – SCARECROW VIDEO
  • ANDREW MCMASTERS – JET CITY IMPROV
  • MARIA BARRIENTOS – BARRIENTOS LLC
  • MAX BLUME – BLUME COMPANY REAL ESTATE
  • DAVID COHANIM – SHERIMAN TRADE
  • LORA GASTINEAU – RESIDENT
  • CHRIS GILES – RESIDENT
  • RANDY HODGINS – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
  • LINCOLN JOHNSON- UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
  • NIKOLE O’BRYAN – NIKOLE O’BRYAN DDS
  • RHIANNON RASARETNAM – ASUW STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
  • SCOTT SOULES – SOULES PROPERTIES
  • MARY KAY GUGERTY – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
  • MIKE POLZIN – AMERICAN CAMPUS COMMUNITIES