The City of Tacoma is asking voters to consider a measure increasing the earnings tax on utility companies for neighborhood street improvements and safety upgrades.
The Proposition 1 November 5, 2013 general ballot measure is an option that would generate $10 to $11 million annually for the sole purpose of dedicated funds for streets improvements.
For two years, citizen volunteers have examined the City’s road issues and possible solutions. They recommended finding dedicated and sustainable funding sources to address growing needs and focusing on school safety, residential road maintenance and arterial maintenance. The Proposition 1 ballot measure is an option that would generate $10 to $11 million annually for the sole purpose of dedicated funds for streets improvements.
The citizens of Tacoma will decide the following general election question with a “yes” or “no” vote on November 5, 2013:
If approved by voters, we propose that over the next five years dedicated funding would allow us to provide:
Taxing the Utility Companies' Earnings
The work would be paid for by an additional two percent tax on utilities - the earnings of natural gas, electric and phone utility companies. It’s possible that utility companies will pass this cost increase on to their customers through their rates. (City Council would have to approve any Tacoma Power rate change.) If the full cost is passed along, the combined cost to the average household would be about $4.70 per month.
You Can Learn More
Plan to attend the one of 10 facts and information sessions coming up at locations across the community at 6 PM on various Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings between August 26 and October 30. Or, schedule a City official to speak with your group by contacting the City Manager’s Office at (253) 591-5100 or Prop1Facts@CityofTacoma.org.
Proposition 1 Facts and Information Sessions (PDF)
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