Tumwater reports 2023 transportation benefit district accomplishments


Tumwater city staff reported to the city council on Tuesday, May 7, the work accomplished through the city’s transportation benefit district in 2023.

The taxing district funds street maintenance projects in the city through an additional sales tax of 0.2%.

For 2024, the money generated by the taxing district funded 5,664 square yards of pavement and roadway repair, as well as the installation of 16,600 raised pavement markers and 18 ADA-compliant curb ramps.

Assistant Transportation and Engineering Director Mary Heather Ames added that taxes went towards design work for pedestrian and bicycle improvements along Israel Road and Linderson Way and sidewalk improvements on Linwood Avenue. Both projects will move forward to construction in 2024.

Ames told the council that the tax collected by the district is used as matching funds for federal grants.

According to the report, the city received a $2.12 million grant in 2023 through the Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School grant program. The taxes from the district have so far helped to secure $6 million in grants.

In total, the district generated $2,444,966 as revenue, the majority of which comes from tax, and spent $4,657,385 last year. Ninety-eight percent, or $4,564,727, of these costs went towards funding construction work.

The district’s fund balance decreased from $6,052,975 to $4,088,550 at the end of 2023.


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