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Published on Friday, January 23, 2015

Transportation local options bill Introduced in the House

Representative Joan McBride (D- Kirkland), former mayor of Kirkland, has introduced HB 1593, which would give cities an array of new local revenue authorities. The bill:

  • Increases the Transportation Benefit District (TBD) councilmanic motor vehicle fee authority from $20 to $50.
  • Allows a city to assume the administrative functions of a TBD entirely within its borders.
  • Eases formation of multi-jurisdictional TBDs.
  • Makes the TBD sales tax authority councilmanic rather than voter-approved.
  • Authorizes cities to form transportation utilities (similar to street maintenance utility proposals of years past).

The bill has not been scheduled for hearing yet, but a public hearing will be a great opportunity for cities to share the urgency of finding ways to fund transportation at the local level. A Senate version should be introduced in the next week. Please tell your legislators to support these bills and give them specific examples of transportation investments that could be made in your community if you were given new revenue authority.

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