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Published on Friday, January 30, 2015

Transportation local options bill gets public hearing

HB 1593 sponsored by Rep. Joan McBride (D-Kirkland) will have a public hearing in the House Transportation Committee on Wednesday, February 4 at 3:30 pm. As a reminder, this 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.
  • 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).

This is a priority bill for AWC, and we will have cities testifying about their maintenance and preservation needs. Please contact your legislators, especially if they sit on the House Transportation Committee, and let them know how this bill would help your city maintain its transportation investments and improve mobility for your community's residents and businesses.