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City Council To Discuss Initiative 976 Impacts

Nov 13, 2019 - Results from the November 5 General Election indicate that Initiative 976 failed in King County and Mercer Island, but passed statewide by 53%. Passage of the measure will cut hundreds of millions of dollars from transportation budgets across Washington State by reducing annual car tab fees to $30 per vehicle.
Many local governments, including the City of Mercer Island beginning in 2015, use Transportation Benefits Districts (TBD) to fund local projects with an additional fee on car tabs. Mercer Islandís fee of $20 per vehicle generates approximately $375,000 in of annual supplementary revenue in its Street Fund, used for maintenance, improvement, and preservation of existing transportation facilities or programs. This amount represents 12% of the Cityís entire transportation budget.
Specific projects and services include street right-of-way maintenance and operations, portions of arterial street improvements in Town Center and elsewhere completed under the Cityís Transportation Improvement Program, and the heavily-used Metro Transit direct commuter shuttle to Seattle (Route 630).
At its January 7, 2020 Meeting, the Mercer Island City Council will be discussing the expected local impacts of I-976 on City operations and how to reprioritize, delay, or cancel certain capital projects.


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