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Published on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

How much new gas tax revenue would cities get from House proposal?

When legislators come back to Olympia for the Special Session one of the topics of discussion is expected to be a new transportation revenue package. The main proposal on the table is SHB 1954 which passed out of the House Transportation Committee during the regular session. It includes a new ten cent gas tax phased in at five cents in the first year, three cents the next, and 2 cents in the third. Five percent of those revenues would be distributed to cities on a per capita basis. To see a projection of how much your city would receive over the next twelve years click here.

SHB 1954 also contains several local transportation revenue options, including authority to increase the transportation benefit district motor vehicle fee up to $40 councilmanically and new funding for a "Complete Streets" grant program. It also increases investments in ferries and transits. The package does include continued funding, but no new additional revenues, for the Transportation Improvement Board and the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board.

Categories: Transportation