Transportation Benefit District
The Lake Stevens City Council is asking voters to approve a Transportation Benefit District. TBDs are funded by a small sales tax increase with revenue going to sidewalks, streets/roads, and multi-use pathways. Revenue also can be used as matching dollars to qualify for larger grants.
Earlier this year, the City of Lake Stevens asked residents to identify funding priorities for the TBD. There were more than 900 surveys from residents ranking sidewalk connections, street maintenance, and pathways in order of priority:
- 51.62% of survey responders want more sidewalks to schools and to connect neighborhoods around the lake.
- 36.76% want improved street maintenance for high-volume roads such as arterials and collectors to help relieve traffic congestion.
- 11.62% supported multiuse pathways for recreation.
A TBD can be funded by a voter-approved sales tax increase up to 0.3% (three-tenths of one percent). The council approved a resolution asking voters for a 0.2% (two-tenths of one percent) or two cents on a $10 purchase sales tax increase. Revenue would be dedicated to annual road preservation, connecting important streets and sidewalks, and providing matching funds for larger grants for transportation projects.
Almost 61% of those surveyed liked the idea of a sales tax option. The reason is that visitors who shop, dine or recreate in Lake Stevens also would help pay for city sidewalks, roads, and trails they use. The TBD would raise approximately $1.5 million per year for projects and matching funds for larger grants.
Seven cities in Snohomish County (Arlington, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Snohomish, and Stanwood) have Transportation Benefit Districts funded by a voter-approved sales tax increase. If voters approve funding a TBD, the sales tax rate in Lake Stevens would be less than or the same as these cities.
The City Council approved the ballot resolution at its July 12 meeting. The TBD measure will be on the November 8, 2022, General Election ballot.
Presentations are available for local groups and organizations to get an update about the city and its proposed funding for the Transportation Benefit District. To schedule a brief presentation, please contact Gene Brazel firstname.lastname@example.org
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What is a Transportation Benefit District?
A Transportation Benefit District (TBD) is a designated area that raises revenue to acquire, construct, improve, provide, and fund transportation improvements.
What types of projects does a TBD fund?
TBD-funded improvements include traffic congestion relief, sidewalk connections and repairs, street and road maintenance, and multi-use pathways or trails. Revenue also can be used as matching funds to access larger grants.
How is a TBD funded?
State law allows voters to approve a sales tax increase up to 0.3% (three-tenths of one percent) to fund a TBD. The Lake Stevens City Council is asking voters for a sales tax increase of 0.2% (two-tenths of one percent) or two cents on a $10 purchase.
Do voters have to approve sales tax funding?
Yes, voters must approve any sales tax funding for a TBD by a simple majority.
Why is a TBD funded by sales tax?
Sales tax applies to both residents and visitors to Lake Stevens who come for shopping, dining, or recreation. Many people feel that sales tax is a fair way for visitors to contribute and maintain the sidewalks, streets, and trails they use, as well as traffic congestion relief projects.
Is there another way to fund a TBD?
Yes, a City Council can authorize a non-voted $20 vehicle licensing fee. There is not support on the Lake Stevens City Council currently for this funding method.
How much will it raise for transportation projects in Lake Stevens?
The TBD is expected to raise $1.5 million a year for transportation projects in our community.
What projects will be funded?
The City surveyed residents earlier this year. Projects in order of priority are:
- Sidewalk connections to schools and neighborhoods;
- Improved street maintenance for high-volume roads to help relieve traffic congestion; and
- Multi-use pathways for recreation purposes.
What other cities have a TBD?
There are 11 cities in Snohomish County with TBDs: Arlington, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Snohomish, and Stanwood.
How many cities fund a TBD with a sales tax increase?
Seven cities fund their TBDs with a voter-approved sales tax increase: Arlington, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Snohomish, and Stanwood.
How will our sales tax rate compare to those cities?
The City’s sales tax rate would be less than or the same as these cities.
Who can I contact for more information?
City Administrator Gene Brazel welcomes your questions at (425) 622-9414 or email@example.com. Thank you for considering our request!