File #: 2013-0527    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 12/16/2013 In control: Transportation, Economy, and Environment Committee
On agenda: 2/4/2014 Final action: 2/10/2014
Enactment date: Enactment #: 17746
Title: AN ORDINANCE creating a countywide transportation benefit district as authorized by chapter 36.73 RCW.
Sponsors: Rod Dembowski, Larry Phillips, Kathy Lambert
Indexes: Transportation
Attachments: 1. Ordinance 17746.pdf, 2. 2013-0527 Staff Report - TBD Formation.doc, 3. Staff Report Proposed Ordinance 2013 0527 TBD Formation.doc, 4. 2013-0526 and 0527draft advertisement 0526 and 0527.doc, 5. 2013-0527 Staff Report - TBD formation.docx, 6. 2013-0527 Attachment 5 - Amendment S1.docx, 7. 2013-0527 Revised Staff Report - TBD formation.docx, 8. 2013-0527 Affidavit of Publication-Seattle Times.pdf
Staff: Resha, John
Clerk 02/05/2014
AN ORDINANCE creating a countywide transportation benefit district as authorized by chapter 36.73 RCW.
SECTION 1. Findings:
A. The 2008 recession had a deep and enduring impact to the economy in King County, causing property and sales tax revenues that finance government transportation services to drop unexpectedly.
B. As the largest labor market in the state, failure of the transportation system in King County will have far reaching economic impacts across Washington.
C. The King County transit division ("Metro") is vital to the region's economic health. Metro provided over one hundred fifteen million passenger trips in 2012 with ridership expected to grow; more than one thousand five hundred companies provide transit passes to their employees; over half of Metro's passengers are commuters; and current service levels keep approximately one hundred seventy-five thousand cars off our roads every weekday.
D. Sales tax currently provides for sixty percent of Metro's operating budget, and reductions in property tax revenue and the lack of growth in gas tax revenue will limit key funding sources for city and unincorporated King County transportation projects.
E. The twenty-dollar congestion reduction charge authorized in Ordinance 17169 in 2011 was a temporary measure while sustainable funding solutions were developed. King County's authority for this implemented funding source expires May 31, 2014.
F. In 2011, the King County council adopted the landmark King County Metro Transit Strategic Plan for Public Transportation and Service Guidelines that established a new course that prioritizes productivity, social equity and geographic value in the ongoing development of the Metro transit system.
G. To respond to decreased revenues during the recession, Metro undertook a number of measures to preserve service. Metro implemented system-wide reforms, includi...

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