Transportation Benefit Program

2022 Update:  Vote January/February 2023 

This 10-year tax payer supported program has enabled the city to repave and preserve 18.9 miles / 99,792 Linear feet of city streets since 2013.  The program is set to expire, but can be renewed if approved by Arlington voters.

Cost to taxpayer: In 2013, a new sales tax of 0.2% was approved, generating approximately $600,000 additional revenue per year for city roads in poor condition. This sales tax applies to anyone spending money inside of city limits.  

Potential New Projects: If re-approved by voters, future projects could include transportation safety projects and traffic calming projects in neighborhoods such as:
crosswalk repairs, striping and illumination, traffic calming/slowing products such as flashing speed signs, sidewalk improvements.

Continuing the program:
Continuation of the Transportation Benefit Program requires voters to renew in January/February 2023.

If the program is not renewed, street repairs are funded out of the City's General Fund, which is used to fund other city needs such as police and parks.

Contact: email  info@arlingtonwa.gov or call 360-403-3441

Informational VideoBelow

 Mayor Barb Tolbert and City Councilmember Don Vanney

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History

On April 1, 2013 the Arlington City Council passed Ordinance Number 2013-005, which created a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) in the City of Arlington. A TBD is a quasi-municipal corporation and independent taxing district created for the sole purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, providing, and funding transportation improvements within the City limits of Arlington. It has the authority to impose certain taxes and fees, either through a vote of the people or Board action, for transportation purposes. 

On January 1, 2018 the Arlington City Council passed Ordinance Number 2018-001, which transferred all powers vested in the governing board of the Arlington Transportation Benefit District to the City of Arlington City Council.

Today, the City refers to this budget as the Transportation Benefit Program.  The program will go before residents  in February 2023 to vote whether to continue the sales tax and fund the transportation benefit projects. 

TBD map 2022