Transportation Benefit District

The Lake Stevens City Council is asking voters to approve a Transportation Benefit District. TBDs are funded by a small sales tax increase with revenue going to sidewalks, streets/roads, and multi-use pathways. Revenue also can be used as matching dollars to qualify for larger grants.

Earlier this year, the City of Lake Stevens asked residents to identify funding priorities for the TBD. There were more than 900 surveys from residents ranking sidewalk connections, street maintenance, and pathways in order of priority:

  • 51.62% of survey responders want more sidewalks to schools and to connect neighborhoods around the lake.
  • 36.76% want improved street maintenance for high-volume roads such as arterials and collectors to help relieve traffic congestion.
  • 11.62% supported multiuse pathways for recreation.

A TBD can be funded by a voter-approved sales tax increase up to 0.3% (three-tenths of one percent). The council approved a resolution asking voters for a 0.2% (two-tenths of one percent) or two cents on a $10 purchase sales tax increase. Revenue would be dedicated to annual road preservation, connecting important streets and sidewalks, and providing matching funds for larger grants for transportation projects.

Almost 61% of those surveyed liked the idea of a sales tax option. The reason is that visitors who shop, dine or recreate in Lake Stevens also would help pay for city sidewalks, roads, and trails they use. The TBD would raise approximately $1.5 million per year for projects and matching funds for larger grants.

Seven cities in Snohomish County (Arlington, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Snohomish, and Stanwood) have Transportation Benefit Districts funded by a voter-approved sales tax increase. If voters approve funding a TBD, the sales tax rate in Lake Stevens would be less than or the same as these cities.

The City Council approved the ballot resolution at its July 12 meeting. The TBD measure will be on the November 8, 2022, General Election ballot.

Learn More

Presentations are available for local groups and organizations to get an update about the city and its proposed funding for the Transportation Benefit District. To schedule a brief presentation, please contact Gene Brazel gbrazel@lakestevenswa.gov 

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