Transportation Benefit District

As  you may be aware the City of Duvall has been considering levying a $20 car tab tax to fund the local Duvall Transportation Benefit District. For now, the issue has been placed on hold so that we may more clearly communicate to and hear from the Community. It became clear recently that some citizens were not confident they understood the relationship between the Duvall TBD and how raising their car tab renewal fee by $20 was a good idea or net benefit to our community.

All money raised by the Duvall TBD is local money that stays local within our community to fix and maintain our roads, streets and sidewalks. It is your money used to maintain your City! On average, a local street has a twenty-year service life but it takes eighty-years’ worth of property taxes1 to generate enough money to repair a street. Funding the $20 TBD allows the City greater opportunity to maintain our critical infrastructure, ensure emergency service access and preserve property values through the provision of quality and common sense infrastructure networks that are functional and attractive.

There are two alternatives to a TBD Tax. First we can do nothing; this results in decaying infrastructure that costs more in the long run to fix. The fact is, with roads and sidewalks preventive maintenance saves money. The second option is to do nothing and form Local Improvement Districts (LID’s) when roads and sidewalks need repair. LID’s are very expensive financing mechanisms that are paid through a property tax structure with interest, cost more, and ultimately waste your money.

We look forward to speaking with you and hearing your feedback as we continue to consider a $20 TBD car tab tax to keep our city, our streets, our roads and our sidewalks in good repair.

Marohn, C.L., Jr. (2012). Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Vol. 1.) Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. 

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.

Click on the following links to view the list of vehicles subject to and exempt from the TBD fee (external links). RCW 82.80.140 and Department of Licensing

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.

Duvall's TBD

On behalf of the Duvall TBD, the Washington State Department of Licensing is collecting a $20 fee at the time a registered vehicle is renewed within the City of Duvall. The proposed fee would take effect beginning in January 2017, but is assessed at the actual time of vehicle registration renewal.

With the establishment of a TBD, the City can begin to replace the transportation funding that has been lost over the years and be better able to preserve, maintain or expand the City's transportation infrastructure into the future.

Our Process of Establishment

  1. 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). 

  2. On June 21, 2016 , an ordinance will be considered that sets an annual $20 per vehicle registration fee to be used to help pay for pavement management on City arterials and major collectors.
Need more information?   Read our TBD Brochure.

TBD Projects

Funds raised by the annual $20 fee would be used to pay for local project including;
  1. The maintenance, repair and/or replacement of roads and streets identified in the locally adopted City of Duvall Pavement Management System.
  2. To fund our local Transportation Improvement Plan.
  3. To repair, replace and/or construct sidewalks to improve pedestrian mobility and safety. 

Contact the TBD

Phone: 425-788-3434
Mail: PO Box 1300, Duvall, WA 98019