About Tacoma Transportation Benefit District
On November 20, 2012, the Tacoma City Council created the Transportation Benefit District (TBD), through adoption of Ordinance 28099, that established a TBD for the purposes of acquiring, constructing, improving, providing, and funding transportation improvements within the TBD consistent with any state, regional, or local transportation plans, and necessitated by existing or reasonably foreseeable congestion levels.
On November 27, 2012, The Tacoma Transportation Benefit District Board authorized a vehicle license fee of $20. In June of 2013, the Washington State Department of Licensing began collecting vehicle license fees on behalf of the TBD to fund local transportation improvements within the district. The $20 vehicle license fee generates almost $5M in a biennium (the TBD spend plan is linked below).
In 2015 Tacoma residents passed Transportation Benefit District Proposition A, which permits the TBD to levy an additional sales tax of 1/10 of 1% for a period of ten years (for more information visit the Tacoma Streets Initiative webpage). Proposition A is projected to generate $4.5 million per year, or $45 million over the ten-year period. The additional funding will go towards transportation projects outlined in the Comprehensive Transportation Program including permanent pothole repair, street resurfacing, maintenance and improvements to arterials and freight access roads, installation of school crossing beacons, and building missing sidewalks.
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What is a Transportation Benefit District?