What Is a Transportation Benefit District?
A Transportation Benefit District "TBD" is a quasi-municipal corporation and independent taxing district created for the sole purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, providing, and funding transportation improvements within the district. The boundaries of the TBD are identical with the City limits.
Statutory authority for Transportation Benefit Districts has existed for 20 years. However, until 2007 to establish a TBD required a vote of the people. In 2007, the Association of Washington Cites (AWC) worked with the Legislature to provide some relief to cities and counties for traffic congestion. AWC was successful in amending the law to allow some flexibility. A City (or County) may now implement up to a $20 per vehicle fee with City Council (or County Commissioner) approval under Chapter 36.73 RCW
. The members of the legislative authority proposing to establish the district, in this case the Shoreline City Council, make up the TBD Board. Members of the TBD Board are acting ex-officio and independently from City Council.
Shoreline City Council Establishes a TBD
On behalf of the Shoreline Transportation Benefit District, the Washington State Department of Licensing is collecting a $20 fee at the time a registered vehicle renewal notice is renewed within the City of Shoreline. The fee takes effect on license tabs that expire on or after February 2010.
As referenced above, Washington State legislature permits local governments to establish a TBD and accompanying funding sources to provide for the preservation, maintenance, and construction of local public ways.
In June 2009 after conducting a public hearing, the Shoreline City Council approved Ordinance 550
that formed the Shoreline Transportation Benefit District and adopted a new chapter to the Shoreline Municipal Code, entitled "Transportation Benefit District". The ordinance specifies that the boundaries for the TBD be coextensive with the City limits. Funds used to operate the District must make transportation improvements that are consistent with existing regional, state, and local transportation plans and necessitated by existing and reasonably foreseeable congestion levels as provided in Chapter 36.73 RCW. The council further determined that it is in the public interest to provide for transportation improvements that specifically focus on reducing the risk of transportation facility failure and improving safety, decreasing travel time, increasing daily and peak period trip capacity, improving modal connectivity, and preserving and maintaining optimal performance of transportation infrastructure. The governing board of the TBD shall be the Shoreline City Council serving in an ex-officio and independent capacity as per RCW 36.73.020
In July 2009, the Shoreline TBD Board approved the Bylaws of the Shoreline Transportation
Benefit District outlining the conditions by which the TBD is organized and defining its rights and privileges.
In July 2009, an ordinance
was passed that set an annual $20 per vehicle registration fee to be used to help pay for pavement management on City arterials and major collectors.
With the establishment of a TBD, the City can begin to replace the transportation funding that has been lost over the years, and be better able to preserve, maintain or expand the City’s transportation infrastructure into the future.
The Washington State Department of Licensing
has updated its Transportation Benefit District website to provide customers with information regarding this fee.
Contact the TBD
17500 Midvale Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133-4905