Residents and Wilton Drive business owners who want to have a voice in the future of the city’s main thoroughfare can now apply to be on the Business Improvement District [BID] board.

The Wilton Drive BID, approved by the majority of street’s property owners, is a special taxing district approved by commissioners to raise money to improve the street. Property owners will be assessed additional millage and the funds generated could be used for more parking, landscaping, a marketing campaign or other improvements related to the street.

The goal is to raise $1 million over the next 10 years; a cap of $100,000 per year has been set. Properties would be assessed starting in 2016. The bill for each property owner will be based on square footage.

The board, which has the authority to set the assessment but has to have its budget approved by the commission, will be comprised of three property owners, three business owners and one home owner. That home owner must be homesteaded within Wilton Manors. Those interested can submit their applications.

On Sept. 24, the commission will hold a special meeting to interview applicants.

Commissioner Julie Carson said it’s important for applicants to “demonstrate they have abilities related to the responsibilities” of the board, which has “broad and far-reaching powers.”

Commissioner Tom Green said the board needs to attract creative people.

To apply, call 954-390-2100.