I am in favour of a BIA, not as a business person, but as a resident of Sidney.
Would I pay $20-30 per month to boost my town, but not my business? Of course.
Every town in the history of BIAs have resisted, but what they all have in common now are thriving business sectors. Businesses in Sidney can together in a BIA purchase tons of high impact advertising.
Is Sidney prepared for the doomsday scenerio of boarded up windows with “for lease” signs the whole way down Beacon Avenue?
Sidney needs a BIA and massive paradigm shift from its “every man for himself” attitude, to a more conducive “all for one and one for all” attitude (I would also accept a “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” attitude).