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Transportation Benefit District Board
Who
The Transportation Benefit District Board is the governing body for the Transportation Benefit District. The Board is currently composed of the same members as the City Council.

What
A Transportation Benefit District (TBD) is a quasi-municipal corporation with independent taxing authority for the sole purpose of acquiring, constructing, and maintaining transportation improvements within the District. 

Where
The boundaries of the TBD are the Moses Lake City Limits.

When 
The TBD was established December 27, 2016.
Collection of $20 vehicle license fee will begin about September 1, 2017. 
A future election will allow voters to decide if the $20 vehicle tab should be replaced by a 0.2% sales tax.

Why
  • The TBD provides an important source of revenue to catch up on the backlog of needed street maintenance.
  • The $20 vehicle license fee will provide some funds to do some initial maintenance.
  • The 0.2% sales tax, if approved:
    • Would replace the $20 vehicle fee
    • Would provide more revenue
    • Would more equitably spread the cost among all of those who use the streets, not just those who live in City limits

How
  • TBDs are authorized by RCW 36.73. At least 90 cities across the state use TBDs.
  • Funding will initially be collected through vehicle licensing ("car tabs") for Moses Lake residents. Voters will decide if that should be replaced by a 0.2% sales tax.
  • Money collected can only be used for transportation, such as constructing and maintaining streets.

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