The Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) was created in 1982 by the Fort Dodge City Council as a result of petitions submitted to them by downtown property owners requesting its establishment with the intent of improving the downtown commercial area of Fort Dodge. Additional assessments to the ad valorem consolidated tax rate were implemented in an attempt to develop a self-help pool of money to aid and leverage other funds.
The District was renewed by the Fort Dodge City Council upon the receipt of a petition of the involved property owners in the District in 1991. The renewal petition was objected by approximately eight percent of the owners comprising four percent of the taxable value included. This was a significantly lower percentage than when the initial district was created, indicating a high level of satisfaction with the District and the use of its funds. The District was renewed again in 2002 for an additional 10 years.