The Charles Village Community Benefits District (CVCBD) is a special taxing district located in a 100 square block area of north Baltimore. With a population exceeding 14,000 and with more than 700 businesses, it is home to four neighborhoods: Abell, Charles Village, Harwood, and Old Goucher (and parts of two others: Remington and Barclay) and three business associations: North Charles Business Association, Old Goucher Business Alliance and Waverly Main Street. The CVCBD provides supplemental sanitation and safety services, supports community events, recreational activities and the development of amenities such as green spaces, and promotes the district as a good place to live, work and play. Property owners pay a tax surcharge of 12.5 cents per $100 of assessed property value to help fund CVCBD services.
The CVCBD was created in 1995 following the enactment of enabling legislation by the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore and a referendum of greater Charles Village residents. A full-time Executive Director manages the staff, programs and budget. A community-based Board of Directors of up to twenty-seven members (mostly volunteers) works with the Executive and governs the organization, monitoring its programs and finances. The City of Baltimore Board of Estimates reviews the CVCBD’s annual Financial Plan and votes to approve or disapprove it; the City Council reviews the CVCBD’s performance every four years and votes on whether or not to reauthorize it for another four years.