Transportation Benefit District

What is a TBD?

A "TBD" or Transportation Benefit District is a quasi-municipal corporation and independent taxing district created for the sole purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, providing, and funding transportation improvements within the district. The boundaries of the TBD are identical with the City limits.

This local tax will fund local projects and priorities such as sidewalks and local (within city limits) streets.

The Washington State legislature permits local governments to establish a TBD and accompanying funding sources to provide for the preservation, maintenance, and construction of local public ways


Background Information

Statutory authority for Transportation Benefit Districts has existed for 20 years. However, until 2007, to establish a TBD required a vote of the people. In 2007, the Association of Washington Cites (AWC) worked with the Legislature to provide some relief to cities and counties for traffic congestion. AWC was successful in amending the law to allow some flexibility. A City (or County) may now implement up to a $20 per vehicle fee with City Council (or County Commissioner) approval under Chapter 36.73 RCW external link. The members of the legislative authority proposing to establish the district, in this case the Duvall City Council, make up the TBD Board.

Our Process of Establishment
On September 15, 2015 after conducting a public hearing, the Duvall City Council approved Ordinance #1186 that formed the Duvall Transportation Benefit District and adopted a new Chapter 8.14 to the Duvall Municipal Code, entitled “Duvall Transportation Benefit District”. The ordinance specifies that the boundaries for the TBD be coextensive with the City limits. Funds used to operate the District must make transportation improvements that are consistent with existing regional, state, and local transportation plans and necessitated by existing and reasonably foreseeable congestion levels as provided in Chapter 36.73 RCW. The council further determined that it is in the public interest to provide for transportation improvements that specifically benefit the City of Duvall. The governing board of the TBD shall be the Duvall City Council as per RCW 36.73.020 (external link).