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Transportation Benefit Districts

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Introduction

This page provides information on Transportation Benefit Districts (TBD) created in Washington State. It includes links to legislation, a quick table view of jurisdictions that have created districts, and sample documents. An attempt is being made to list all districts as they are being formed. If your jurisdiction is not listed, please contact MRSC.

About Transportation Benefit Districts

Transportation Benefit Districts are quasi-municipal corporations with independent taxing authority, including the authority to impose property taxes and impact fees for transportation purposes. RCW 36.73.020 governs formation by counties, and RCW 35.21.225 governs formation by cities.

In 1987, the Legislature created Transportation Benefit Districts as an option for local governments to fund transportation improvements.1 In 2005, the Legislature amended the Transportation Benefit District statute to expand its uses and revenue authority. In 2007, the Legislature amended the Transportation Benefit District statute to authorize the imposition of vehicle fees and transportation impact fees without a public vote. In 2010, the Legislature amended the Transportation Benefit District statute again to clarify project eligibility, the use of impact fees, and sales tax expenditures, and make Transportation Benefit District governance more flexible. For an overview, see the following items:

Transportation Benefit District Legislation

Quick View of Jurisdictions with Transportation Benefit Districts

Jurisdictions are listed in the table below by the year the transportation benefit district was created. The funding source is noted as vehicle license fees or sales tax. The date the funding was first collected is noted in parenthesis. The name of each jurisdiction is linked to related documents and websites listed in the next section.

Jurisdiction Vehicle License Fee Sales Tax
Transportation Benefit Districts Passed in 2014
King County - County wide TBD passed 02/2014 $60 on April 2014 ballot
Kirkland (Ord. passed 02/10/2014) - Has not passed a funding provision

Transportation Benefit Districts Passed in 2013
Aberdeen
$0.0013 sales tax (passed, election 02/12/2013) effective 07/01/2013
Arlington (Ord. passed 04/01/2013)
$0.002 sales tax (passed, election 8/2013)
Covington (Ord. passed 04/09/2013) - Has not passed funding provision

DuPont (Ord. passed 01/08/2013)
$20 (effective 09/01/2013)

Edgewood $20 (effective 07/01/2014)
Enumclaw (Ord. passed 05/14/2013) $20 (effective 09.01/2014)

Marysville (Ord. Passed 12/2013)
Sales tax on April 2014 ballot
Soap Lake $20 (Effective 11/01/2013)
Transportation Benefit Districts Passed in 2012
Bainbridge Island $20 (passed 01/09/2012) effective 08/01/2013
Buckley $20 (effective 02/01/2014)
Carbonado (Ord. passed 12/17/2012) $20 (effective 11/01/2013)

Castle Rock $0.002 sales tax (passed, election 11/06/2012) effective 04/01/2013
East Wenatchee $20 (effective August 1, 2013)
Eatonville $20 (effective 03/01/2013)
Electric City $20 (effective 05/01/2013)
Kelso $20 (passed 12/04/2012 effective 08/01/2013
Kalama $20 (effective 10/01/2013
Kenmore $20 (effective 06/01/2013)
Kittitas $20 (effective 12/01/2012)
Lynden $0.002 sales tax (passed, election 11/06/2012) effective 04/01/2013
Royal City $20 (effective 11/01/2012)
Maple Valley $20 (effective 07/01/2013)
Monroe - Created 04/24/2012 - Has not passed a funding provison

Stanwood $0.002 sales tax (passed, election 02/12/2013) effective 07/01/2013
Tacoma $20 (effective 06/01/2013)
Toppenish $20 (effective 12/01/2012)
Waitsburg $0.002 sales tax (passed, election 04/17/2012)
Wapato $20 (effective 04/01/2013)
Yakima - dissolved 03/18/2014
Transportation Benefit Districts Passed in 2011
Auburn - Has not passed funding provision
Ferndale $0.002 sales tax (passed, election 02/14/2012)
Grandview $20 (02/01/2012)
Mabton $20 (12/01/2011)
Mountlake Terrace $20 (passed 12/05/2011, effective 08/01/2012)
North Bend $0.002 sales tax (passed, election 11/08/2011)
Orting $20 (effective 02/01/2013 - 01/31/2015, fee applies to all renewals with these registration dates, including renewals paid after 02/31/2015)
Snohomish County - Has not passed funding provision  
Spokane $20 (09/01/2011)
Walla Walla $0.002 sales tax (passed, election 02/14/2012)
Wenatchee $20 (passed 01/26/2012, effective 08/01/2012)
Zillah $20 (passed 12/19/2011, effective 7/12/2012)
Transportation Benefit Districts Passed in 2010
Bellingham $0.002 sales tax (04/01/2011)
King County - 2010 TBD dissolved and county wide TBD passed 02/2014 Dissolved
Leavenworth $0.002 sales tax (04/01/2011)
Lynnwood $20 (07/01/2011)
Seattle $20 (05/01/2011)
Snohomish $0.002 sales tax (passed 08/16/2011)
Snoqualmie $20 (03/01/2011)
Transportation Benefit Districts Passed in 2009
Bremerton $20 (12/07/2011 passed, effective 07/01/2012)
Burien $10 (02/01/2010)
Prosser $20 (11/01/2009)
Shoreline $20 (02/01/2010)
University Place - No funding designated
Transportation Benefit Districts Passed in 2008
Des Moines $20 (09/01/2009)
Edmonds $20 (09/01/2009)
Lake Forest Park $20 (09/01/2009)
Olympia $20 (10/01/2009)
Ridgefield Sales tax repealed effective 10/01/2012 - $0.002 sales tax (04/01/2009)
Sequim $0.002 sales tax (04/01/2010)
Transportation Benefit Districts Passed Prior to 2008
Liberty Lake (2002)
Point Roberts, Whatcom County (1992) Special gas tax $0.01/gallon (1992)

List of Transportation Benefit Districts, Including Proposals

  • Aberdeen Transportation Benefit District - Funded by sales tax
    • Aberdeen Municipal Code Ch. 3.78 - Transportaton Benefit District
    • Measure to impose sales tax approved at February 2013 Special Election
  • Arlington Transportation Benefit District - Sales Tax Funding Proposal
  • Auburn Transportation Benefit District
  • Bainbridge Island Transportation Benefit District
  • Bellingham Transportation Benefit District - Funded by $0.002 sales tax
    • Bellingham Ordinance No. 2010-07-240 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Establishes a Transportation Benefit District; specifying that the boundaries of the district will coincide with city boundaries; and specifying the transportation improvements to be funded by the district, passed 07/2010
    • Bellingham Transportation Benefit District No. 1 Resolution No. 2010-1 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Concerning a sales and use tax to fund transportation improvements - Proposition No. 1 (11/2010 ballot)
  • Bremerton Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license Fee
    • Bremerton Ordinance No. 5076 (Adobe Acrobat Document), passed 02/04/2009
    • Proposal to impose an annual $30.00 vehicle fee to finance transportation improvements for a period of three years was voted down in November 2009 general election.
    • Bremerton Resolution No. 005 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Authorizes a $20 vehicle license fee, passed 12/07/2011
  • Buckley Transportation Benefit District
    • Buckley Municipal Code Ch. 13.18 - Transportation Benefit District
  • Burien Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license Fee
    • Burien Ordinance No. 516 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Creates transportation benefit district (TBD),  and provides for election to pass a $30 vehicle license fee, passed 07/20/2009
    • Vehicle license fee of $30 voted down at November 2009 election.
    • Vehicle license fee of $10
  • Carbonado Transportation Benefit District
    • Carbonado Ordinance No. 392 () - Establishes a transportation benefit district; add ch. 3.60 to the Carbonado Municipal Code, passed 12/17/2012
  • Castle Rock Transportation Benefit District - Funded by sales tax - Election 11/06/2012
    • Castle Rock Ordinance 2012-03, establishes a transportation benefit district (TBD), passed 07/23/2012
  • Covington Transportation Benefit District
    • Covington Ordinance No. 02-13 - Creates a transportation benefit district (TBD); adds ch.12.125 to municipal code, passed 04/09/2012
  • Des Moines Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license fee
  • DuPont Transportation Benefit District
  • Eatonville Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license fee
    • Eatonville Ordinance No. 2012-6 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Establishes a transportation benefit district; Ch. 3.22 Eatonville Municipal Code, passed 06/26/2012
  • Edgewood Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license fee
  • Electric City Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license fee
    • Electric City Ordinance No. 2012 -, passed October 9, 2012
  • Enumclaw Transportation Benefit District
    • Enumclaw Ordinance No. 2524 ()- Establishes a transportation benefit district; adds ch. 3.22 to municipal code, Enumclaw Transportation District, passed 05/14/2013 
  • Edmonds Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license fee
  • Ferndale Transportation Benefit District - Funded by 0.002% Sales Tax, passed 02/14/2012
  • Grandview Transportation Benefit District  - Funded by vehicle License Fee - Includes documents
  • Kelso Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license fee
    • Kelso Municipal Code Ch. 3.65 - Kelso Transportation Benefit District
    • Council Agenda Summary (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Creating the Transportation Benefit District, Meeting of 11/20/2012
    • Kelso Transportation Benefit Agenda Summary (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Establishing a $20 Motor Vehicle License Fee, Meeting of 12/04/2012
  • Kenmore Transportation Benefit District
  • King County Transportation Benefit District
    • King County Ordinance No. 16742 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Created a Transportation Benefit District in unincorporated King County, passed 01/04/2010
    • King County Notice of Public Hearing Draft Ordinance No. 2014-0067 - Re: dissolving the King County transportation benefit district created under Ordinance 16742; and repealing Ordinance No. 16742
    • King County Ordinance No. 17754 () - Repealed Ordinance No. 16742 and dissolved the Transportation Benefit District in unincorporated King County, passed 02/18/2014
    • Notice of Public Hearing, Draft Ordinance 2013-0526 and 2013-0527 - Re: creating a County-wide transportation benefit district
    • King County Ordinance No. 17746 () - Creates a countywide transportation benefit district as authorized by chapter 36.73 RCW, passed 02/10/2014
  • Kittitas Transportation Benefit District
    • Kittitas Municipal Code Ch. 3.30 - Kittitas Transportation Benefit District
  • Kirkland Transportation Benefit District
    • Kirkland Ordinance O-4435 () - Establishes the Kirkland Transportation Benefit District, passed 02/10/2013 
  • Lake Forest Park Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license fee, passed 02/10/2014
  • Leavenworth Transportation Benefit District - Funded by $0.002 sales tax - Page provides document links 
    • Leavenworth Ordinance No. 1372, codified as Leavenworth Municipal Code Ch. 3.92 - Creates a Transportation Benefit District, passed 07/2010
  • Liberty Lake Transportation Benefit District
  • Longview Transportation Benefit District Proposed
  • Lynden Transportation Benefit District - Funded by sales tax - Election 11/06/2012
  • Lynnwood Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license fee
    • Lynnwood Ordinance No. 2837 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Establishes a Transportation Benefit District, passed 05/2010
  • Mabton Transportation Benefit District - Vehicle license fee
    • Mabton Ordinance No. 954 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Establishes a Transportation Benefit District; adds Ch. 3.30 to the Mabton City Code, passed 12/23/2010
    • Mabton Ordinance No. 955 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Imposes a $20 vehicle licensing fee, passed 01/11/2011
  • Maple Valley Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license fee
    • Maple Valley Ordinance No. 516 - Establishes a Transportation Benefit District; adds Ch. 12.35 to the Maple Valley Municipal Code, passed 11/26/12
    • Resolution No. R-12-002 TBD - Interlocal agreement with city of Maple Valley, 12/10/2012
  • Marysville Transportation Benefit District
  • Monroe Transportation Benefit District
  • Mountlake Terrace Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license fee
    • Mountlake Terrace Ordinance No. 2584 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Establishes a Transportation Benefit District, adds Ch. 3.85 to the Mountlake Terrace Municipal Code, passed 12/05/2011
    • Mountlake Terrace Transportation Benefit District Ordinance No. 1 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Authorizes a $20 vehicle license fee, passed 01/03/2012
  • North Bend Transportation Benefit District No. 1 - Created July 19, 2011 - Proposition to voters to increase sales tax two tenths of one percent (0.002) in the November 2011 General Election. Measure passed: Yes 60.53%, No 39.47%
  • Olympia Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license fee
  • Orting Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license fee
    • Orting Ordinance No. 920 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Establishes the Orting Transportation Benefit District, passed 11/30/2011
  • Point Roberts (Whatcom County) Transportation Benefit District - Funded by $0.01 gas tax available to border towns
    • Whatcom County Resolution No. 91-036(Adobe Acrobat Document) - Sets hearing on proposed Point Roberts Transportation Benefit District, passed 06/11/1991
    • Whatcom County Ordinance No. 91-043 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Creates Point Roberts Transportation Benefit District, passed 07/09/1991
    • Whatcom County Resolution No. 91-059 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Proposition to voters to impose gas tax on the retail sale of fuel within the Point Roberts Transportation Benefit District, passed 08/13/1991
    • Whatcom County Resolution No. 92-002 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Adopts gas tax on the retail sale of fuel within the Point Roberts Transportation Benefit District, passed 01/07/1992
    • Whatcom County Resolution No. 92-013(Adobe Acrobat Document) - Establishes bylaws for governing body of the Point Roberts Transportation Benefit District, passed 01/28/1992
  • Prosser Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license fee
    • Prosser Municipal Code Ch. 3.90, passed 01/20/2009 - Transportation Benefit District
  • Ridgefield Transportation Benefit District - Funding by sales tax repealed
    • Ridgefield Ordinance No. 998 (Adobe Acrobat Document), passed 06/26/2008 and Press Release, 11/05/2008 - Passage of Transportation Benefit District at general election
    • The TBD sales tax of $0.002 was repealed, effective October 1, 2012. The tax was replaced by a two-tenths of one percent (.002) the sales and use tax increase within the Clark County Public Transportation Benefit Area (PTBA) for transportation purposes, effective April 1, 2012.
  • Royal City Transportation Benefit District
    • Royal City Municipal Code Ch. 3.30 - Royal City Transportation Benefit District (Ordinance No. 12-02, passed 03/06/2012)
  • Seattle Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license fee
  • Sequim Transportation Benefit District - Funded by $0.002 sales tax
    • Sequim Municipal Code Ch. 2.70 - Transportation Benefit District
    • Proposition 1 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - The sales and use tax levy for the Transportation Benefit District did not pass, 11/05/2008 (Yes 49.08%, No 50.92%)
    • Sequim Transportation Benefit District Resolution No. 2009-10 (Adobe Acrobat Document), passed 07/2009 - Sales and use tax levy proposition
  • Shoreline Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license fee
  • Snohomish Transportation Benefit District - Includes documents
    • Snohomish Municipal Code Ch. 12.52 - Transportation Benefit District (Ordinance No.2197, passed 09/2010)
  • Snohomish County Transportation Benefit District 
    • Snohomish Ordinance No. 10-103 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Establishes a Transportation Benefit District, passed 07/13/2011
  • Snoqualmie Transportation Benefit District - Funded by vehicle license fee
    • Snoqualmie News Release, 06/15/2010
    • Snoqualmie Ordinance No. 1061 (Adobe Acrobat Document), passed 06/14/2010
    • Snoqualmie Agenda(Adobe Acrobat Document) for meeting of August 9, 2010 and Transportation Benefit District Draft Agenda Bills: AB 10-001 Adobe Acrobat Document) - Resolution No. 001, approving Charter; AB 10-002 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Resolution No. 002, approving bylaws; AB 10-003 (Adobe Acrobat Document) setting a hearing date on $20 license fee; AB 10-004 (Adobe Acrobat Document) setting a hearing date on Transportation Benefit District projects; AB 10-005 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Resolution No. 003, adopting the $20 license fee; AB-10-006 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Resolution No. 04, approving interlocal agreement between Transportation Benefit District and the Washington State Department of Licensing; AB 10-007 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Resolution No. 005, approving certain transportation improvement projects; AB 10-008 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Resolution No. 006, approving interlocal agreement between Transportation Benefit District and city, for city to provide staff support; AB 10-009 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Resolution 007, approving a material change policy; and AB 10-010 (Adobe Acrobat Document), approving appendix No. 88-10 of interlocal agreement creating the Washington Cities Insurance Authority wherein Transportation Benefit District agrees to be bound by that agreement.
  • Spokane Transportation Benefit District
    • Spokane Municipal Code Ch. 08.16 - Transportation Benefit District
  • Spokane County Regional Transportation Benefit District (Proposed)
  • Stanwood Transportation Benefit District - Funded by sales tax 
    • Stanwood Ordinance No. 1328 () - Establishes a Transportation Benefit District, passed 11/19/2012
  • Tacoma Transportation Benefit District
  • Toppenish Transportation Benefit District
    • Toppenish Ordinance No. 2012-2 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Establishes a Transportation Benefit District, passed 03/26/2012
  • University Place Transportation Benefit District
    • University Place Ordinance No. 562 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Establishes a Transportation Benefit District, passed 12/07/2009
  • Waitsburg Transportation Benefit District - Funded by sales tax 
    • Waitsburg Ordinance No. 2012-994 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Establishes a Transportation Benefit District, passed 02/15/2012
    • Waitsburg Transportation Benefit District Resolution No. 2012-593 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Calls for election April 17, 2012 to authorize a sales and use tax of 0.001%, passed 02/15/2012
  • Walla Walla Transportation Benefit District - Funded by Sales Tax
    • Walla Walla Ordinance No. 2011-19 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Establishes a Transportation Benefit District, passed 11/02/2011
    • Walla Walla Transportation Benefit District Resolution No. 2011-04 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Calls for a special election and provides a ballot proposition to be submitted to the qualified electors of the district on February 14, 2012 to authorize a sales and use tax of 0.02% for a period of 10 years, passed 12/04/2011
  • Wapato Transportation Benefit District - Funded by motor vehicle licence fee
  • Wenatchee Transportation Benefit District - Includes bylaws, ordinances and resolutions - Funded by vehicle license fee
  • Woodland Transportation Benefit District - Proposed ordinance tabled by the city council until January 2012
  • Yakima Transportation Benefit District - Dissolved 03/18/2014 
  • Zillah Transportation Benefit District
    • Zillah Ordinance No. 1282 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Establishes a Transportation Benefit District, passed 11/07/2011

1. Historical Note: Prior to the 2007 legislation, only three Transportation Benefit Districts had been formed - Fords Prairie (Centralia and Lewis County) in 1993, Point Roberts (Whatcom County) in 1992, and Liberty Lake in Spokane County in 2002. Fords Prairie was dissolved after two attempts to obtain voter approval of the funding package. Funding was approved by the majority of the voters, but the requirement of a three-fifths majority was not met. See history in Transportation Benefit Districts Analysis and Report (Adobe Acrobat Document), Washington State Department of Transportation, 1998, and Centralia Transportation Benefit District Ordinances (Adobe Acrobat Document).

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