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The City of North Bend would like to remind residents that it has a proposal on the November 2nd General Election ballot to renew its Transportation Benefit District (TBD) sales tax that was originally approved by voters in 2011. This sales tax is anticipated to provide over $600,000 annually for citywide transportation improvement projects.
King County Elections mailed ballots to registered voters on October 13th, which must be returned by 8PM on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, to be counted. Ballots can be mailed using the postage-paid envelope or dropped in the King County Elections Ballot Drop Box located at the North Bend Library, 115 E. 4th Street. The online and mail-in voter registration deadline is October 25th. In-person voter registration can be completed until November 2nd.
North Bend Transportation Benefit District, Improvement Tax Background
In 2011 the City Council formed Transportation Benefit District (TBD) No. 1 as authorized by Washington State law. That same year, to provide funding to TBD No. 1, North Bend citizens approved a ballot measure increasing the City’s sales and use tax by two-tenths of one percent (0.2%).
That voter-approved tax became effective April 2012 and has been spent only on City Council approved transportation improvement projects. This tax is paid by everyone – not just residents. A significant amount of this local sales tax revenue comes from visitors to North Bend, meaning that those visitors contribute to the improvement of streets and trails they use.
Since the TBD’s inception, the City collected almost $2.8 million in TBD sales tax revenue to support transportation improvements projects, including NE 12th Street and NW 14th Street improvements, Bendigo at Park Right Turn Lane, Park Street Roundabout, Downtown Plaza, and Pickett & Boalch Street improvements. Many of these projects would not have been completed without this funding.
State law authorizes the current transportation improvement tax to be in effect for ten years, with one renewal for an additional ten-year period. The current tax expires March 31, 2022.
If approved, this ballot measure will retain the current TBD sales tax of two-tenths of one percent (0.2%) on taxable purchases within the City limits. Just like the previous voter-approved tax, it will provide a dedicated revenue source to be used for City Council approved transportation improvement projects for the next 10 years.
Visit King County Elections at https://kingcounty.gov/depts/elections.aspx for more information about ballot initiatives, candidates, replacement ballots or registering to vote.