Ballots are hitting mailboxes this week for the February 12th special election. The first election of 2019 will see Aberdeen voters asked to support a 10-year sales tax of 18 cents on every $100 purchase to replace the previous 6-year, .013 percent tax which supports their Transportation Benefit District.  Tax Collection for Aberdeen’s Transportation Benefit District is set to expire in 2019, city officials have placed a 10-year extension on the February ballot.

In October 2012, the City established a Transportation Benefit District – TBD for short, and sometimes referred to as the Transportation Improvement Fund or TIF – for the improvement of city streets, and in February 2013, Aberdeen voters approved a six-year 0.13% sales tax increase* to fund the TBD.

Since July of 2013, all taxable goods purchased in Aberdeen, whether purchased by residents or non-residents, have included an additional 0.13%* in sales tax to generate revenue for a local Transportation Benefit District (TBD). The TBD pays for transportation improvements within the city limits such as paving streets and building sidewalks. The current TBD sales tax will expire in June of 2019, and a 10-year extension of the tax at a rate of 0.18%** is on the February ballot for voter consideration.

*0.13% = 13 cents on every 100 dollars in taxable goods
**0.18% = 18 cents on every 100 dollars in taxable goods

From July 2013 through the end of 2018, the current tax generated $2,967,390.61 of revenue, of which $2,861,950.01 has been spent on transportation projects throughout the city. With Aberdeen being a regional commercial center, much of this revenue has been generated from purchases by non-residents.

TBD Tax Proposal Handout

Questions & Answers:

Q: How are TBD tax revenues spent? A: TBD tax revenue by law may only be used for construction, maintenance, and operation costs for transportation projects that are included in a local, regional, or state transportation plan. In Aberdeen, the City’s Engineering Department develops an annual project plan for TBD funds which is presented to the City Council for approval.

Q: How is the City’s annual project plan for TBD funds developed? A: The City’s Engineering Department maintains a list of streets that have been identified by City staff, by the City Council, or by public comment as in need of repair or improvement. The streets on the list are inspected annually and their conditions are scored. The City Engineer then ranks the streets based on their scores and selects top-ranked streets for developing cost estimates. The City Engineer then assembles the annual project plan based on top-ranked streets and available budget, with an emphasis on providing a range of project types (large projects, small projects, sidewalks, crack sealing, etc.) over a broad geographical area, and avoiding funding projects with local TBD dollars that are eligible for state or federal grants.

Q: What happens if the tax extension is not approved? A: The tax would end in June of 2019 and the fund would stop collecting revenue. A final annual project plan for TBD would be developed to use remaining funds in 2019. The transportation system would continue to be maintained and improved with funds from the City’s annual budget, albeit at a considerably slower rate. The approximately $540,000 per year that the TBD tax has generated has allowed for faster implementation of repairs and improvements.

Q: What happens if the tax extension is approved? A: The tax will be extended for 10 years and will generate an estimated $748,000 of annual revenue to be used solely for TBD transportation improvements in addition to the City’s regular annual budget for street work. With Aberdeen being a regional commercial center, a large portion of the revenue will be generated from purchases by non-residents

 

Aberdeen TBD expenditures by year

2013

(No expenditures)

2014

209,197.93 Full funding for contract with Granite Construction to repave:
Oak Street and Anderson Drive between Sumner Avenue and 6th Street
Willow Street between Simpson Avenue and Aberdeen Avenue
6th Street between Rice Street and Martin Street
21,444.88 Materials purchased for City crews to perform pre-paving work and minor street repairs
230,642.81 TOTAL

2015

270,943.37 Partial funding for contract with Lakeside Industries to repave:
Market Street between Park Street and F Street
Broadway Street between 1st Street and Wishkah Street
I Street between Market Street and Wishkah Street
F Street between 1st Street and Market Street
119,397.42 Materials purchased for City crews to repave Lawrence Street, MacFarlane
Street, and Evans Street between Cushing Street and Lomax Street
390,340.79 TOTAL

2016

249,346.00 Full funding for contract with Lakeside Industries to repave:
Aberdeen Avenue between Myrtle Street and Maple Street
Wishkah Street between Park Street and Alder Street
Chilton Road and Bel Aire Avenue between Purkey Avenue and 9th Avenue
Lafayette Street between Young Street and Olympic Street
39,167.79 Materials purchased for City crews to repave Decatur Street between Curtis Street and Perry Street
19,006.88 Materials purchased for City crews to perform pre-paving work and minor street repairs
307,520.67 TOTAL

2017

465,072.04 Full funding for contract with Lakeside Industries to repave:
Haight Street between Sumner Avenue and 1st Street
7th Street between Scammel Street and Jeffries Street
Williams Street between Sumner Avenue and 5th Street
Lovett Street between Lewis Street and Evans Streets
Lewis Street between Huntley Street and Baldwin Street
Baldwin Street between Lewis Street and Evans Street
Perry Street between West Boulevard and Decatur Street
Polk Street between Schley Street and Taylor Street
Taylor Street between Polk Street and West Boulevard
368,958.12 Full funding for contract with Rognlin’s to rebuild Arnold Street between Steward Boulevard and 8th Avenue
60,880.19 Materials purchased for City crews to perform pre-paving work and minor street repairs
26,160.46 Materials purchased for City crews to repave alleys:
Alleys bound by Rice Street, Bay Avenue, Martin Street, and Pacific Avenue
Alley bound by B Street, Arthur Street, Grant Street, Holmes Street, and Cleveland Street
23,991.83 Materials purchased and equipment rented for City crews to seal roadway cracks (pavement preservation)
20,767.79 Materials purchased for City crews to construct sidewalks (Anderson Drive, Market Street)
965,830.43 TOTAL

2018

871,388.75 Full funding for contract with Lakeside Industries to repave:
Cherry Street between Oak Street and Duffy Street
5th Street between Maple Street and Duffy Street
Maple Street between 5th Street and Cherry Street
Wooding Street between 5th Street and Cherry Street
Pacific Avenue between Scammell Street and Jeffries Street
Morgan Street between Thornton Street and Division Street
Williams Street between 1st Street and 2nd Street
2nd Street between K Street and L Street
5th Street between Don Street and Thornton Street
Graves Street between Bel Aire Avenue and Purkey Avenue
Lafayette Street between Young Street and Wishkah River
Curtis Street between West Boulevard and Decatur Street
Tilden Street between Curtis Street and West Boulevard
Farrell Street between Lewis Street and Evans Street
Coolidge Street between Huntley Street and Boone Street
43,672.96 Materials purchased for City crews to repave:
Harriman Street east of Miller Junior High
Tecumseh Street west of Young Street
25,914.93 Materials purchased for City crews to repave alleys:
Alleys bound Duffy Street, Aberdeen Avenue, Martin Street, and Simpson Avenue
Alleys bound by Martin Street, Bay Avenue, Jeffries Street, and Pacific Avenue
16,056.29 Materials purchased and equipment rented for City crews to seal roadway cracks (pavement preservation)
10,582.38 Materials purchased for City crews to perform pre-paving work and minor street repairs

967,615.31 TOTAL