“The Olympian” got confused

September 7th, 2016 by Ken

The Olympian’s  editorial in today’s (September 7) paper got it wrong.    Writing about a Transportation Benefit District (TBD)  for the county, the writer of the editorial became confused.

The Washington State Legislature allowed the creaton of  TBD’s so local government could generate more money for transporation funding.   Creation of a TBD requires that the entity specify exactly how the money would be used.   It can’t be used for any other purpose other than what is spelled out.

It gave the local government two options for funding.   The first is to levy a $20 fee on renewal of car tabs.   The City of Olympia has done that.   The second option is to levy a .02 percent increase in the local option sales tax.   Such a move requires a vote of the people.   Tumwater has done that.

Lacey is looking at the .02 percent sales tax increase for inclusion on the ballot next year.

Thurston County is looking at both options.

Recently the legislature authorized cities which had adopted the $20 car tab fee to raise the amount to $40.  Olympia is looking at doing that.

A Transportation Benefit District expire at the end of 20 years unless renewed by the local government.

Hope this clears up any confusion.

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