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Why is the City asking voters to decide this neighborhood street improvements and safety upgrades proposition on the November general election ballot?
If approved by voters, what city transportation improvements and safety upgrades would be addressed by the additional dedicated funds?
What specific improvements will be funded over the next five years with dedicated funding for neighborhood streets and safety upgrades?
- 46 school zones would get improvements sooner, such ADA-accessible crosswalks and school zone flashing beacons, completing backlogged efforts to provide school zone improvements at Tacoma schools.
- Funding for 18,000 additional permanent pothole repairs – doubling what we do now based on current costs.
Neighborhood street improvements
- The City would have funding to repave/resurface 510 residential blocks – more than doubling what we do now based on current costs.
- Funding for 12 backlogged neighborhood Local Improvement District projects where residents have already agreed to partner with the City and pay a significant portion of the cost.
- Provide matching funds for utility projects so that street improvements can be coordinated with water and sewer improvements.
Major streets and arterials
- 70 intersections would get traffic signal detection repairs sooner to synchronize intersections, decrease congestion and keep traffic moving.
- Restriping all center and turn lanes every year – currently lanes get repainted every other year.
- The City knows how to stretch its transportation dollars - in 2013, for every dollar the City spends it’s receiving $2.28 in matching capital project funds. A portion of this funding will help to secure additional grant funds for arterials, making your dollars go even further. While the City successfully competed for more than $300 million in grant funds for Tacoma road and bridge projects over the last five years, the type of basic neighborhood street maintenance that the majority of Proposition 1 would support rarely qualifies for grants.
Map of proposed work: (View the map and project list)
70 Intersections with Traffic Signal Repairs
46 School Zone Improvements
12 Local Improvement District Projects
510 Neighborhood Street Blocks Resurfaced
What will the financial impact of Proposition 1 be, if passed by voters?
- This would be an additional two percent tax on utility company earnings… That means an additional two percent tax on the gross earnings of natural gas, electric and phone utility companies – amounting to an estimated $10 to $11 million annually dedicated to neighborhood streets improvements and road safety upgrades.
- Cost may be passed along… Utility companies may choose to pass this cost increase on to their customers through their rates, though City Council would have to approve any Tacoma Power rate change.
- Less than $5 per month… Even if the full cost is passed along to ratepayers in the future, the combined cost to the average household would be about $4.70 per month.
- Tacoma Power taxes are significantly lower… Average electricity rates for residential and commercial customers are more than 30 percent lower than the other major electricity provider in our area. If Proposition 1 is approved by voters and if each utility requests and receives approval to pass this increase on to customers, the estimated cost to the average Tacoma household will be less than $5 per month. Tacoma Power residential and commercial customers will still have rates that, on average, are 30 percent less than customers served by other regional electricity utilities.
What do both Tacoma Power and the City have to say about potential rate increases?
Are there big-picture considerations?
What is the ballot language for the issue that Tacoma voters will decide?
How do you exercise your right to vote and decide this issue?
Is this tax appropriate for funding City services?
What are the City of Tacoma’s transportation maintenance responsibility?
- 8,610 residential street blocks
- 857 lanes miles of arterial streets
- 75,000 street signs
- 21,000 streetlights
- 335 traffic signals
- 245 school crosswalks
- 160 flashing pedestrian safety beacons
- 159 school zones
- 41 miles of bicycle infrastructure
How do Tacoma roads compare?
How much did putting this measure on the ballot cost the City?
How do Tacoma utility rates compare?
What processes are we using to address our transportation funding and prioritization issue?
Will there be funding review?
How does the TBD play into this and will these combined funds be enough?
What types of utilities would this apply to?
Is there low-income assistance available?
What streets funding have Tacoma voters funded in the past?
Has this been done before?
Will this apply to earnings generated outside of the City of Tacoma?
How did the City of Tacoma state the effect of this measure if passed into law for submitting this question to the voters?
How is the $5 per month estimate calculated?
- The average Tacoma household without natural gas spends $122/per month on electricity, $37.50 for basic home phone, and $47.16 for wireless service - for a total of approximately $207 per month. If the full cost of the additional two percent tax is passed along, this would total about $4.14 more each month; or,
- The average Tacoma household with natural gas spends $71/per month on electricity, $79.56 on natural gas,$37.50 for basic home phone, and $47.16 for wireless service - for a total of approximately $236 per month. If the full cost of the additional two percent tax is passed along, this would total about $4.72 more each month.
How would this rate compare to others?
How can residents learn more?
What Proposition 1 materials does the City have available?
What is the impact of this tax on Pierce County (Lakewood, University Place and other jurisdictions)?
Will Tacoma’s Proposition 1 effect phone service by internet providers?
How can citizens be sure that funds will be used for street maintenance?
Will Puget Sound Energy Rates go up as a result of Prop 1 passing?
Why isn't street maintenance already being well taken care of?
Will revenues be enough to address the street maintenance needs?
Why did I receive a Proposition 1 direct mail piece if I live outside of City limits and can't vote on this issue?