Transportation Benefit District

Port Angeles Transportation Benefit District (TBD)
0.2% Sales Tax Proposal
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Port Angeles TBD?

The Port Angeles TBD is a separate and independent municipal corporation.  It was created by the City Council on April 13, 2017.  Unlike the City, it has just one purpose. That purpose is to make repairs and improvements to the City’s streets, sidewalks, and alleys.

What is the 0.2% sales tax proposal?
To carry out its purpose of improving and repairing streets, the new Port Angeles TBD needs a source of revenue. State law grants to the directors of the TBD several options for generating revenue. Of the options available, the directors of the Port Angeles TBD have chosen to ask the voters of Port Angeles to approve a 0.2% sales tax increase. The increase will apply to the purchase of all taxable goods within the Port Angeles city limits. 

Street in need of repairsWhen do citizens vote on the proposal?
This proposal will go before the voters on the primary ballot on August 1, 2017.

How much will the 0.2% sales tax generate?
The sales tax option generates approximately $700,000 a year. In addition, the directors considered that approval of the sales tax option will make Port Angeles’s total sales tax rate the same as that in Sequim – 8.6%.

Who pays the sales tax?
The money collected will not be only from residents of Port Angeles. The sales tax option collects revenue from all who purchase taxable goods within the city limits. Thus, purchasers who are not residents of the city will still be contributing toward the improvement and repair of city streets.

How much will a 0.2% sales tax increase add to purchases?  
2 cents for every $10.00.

How long will the sales tax increase be in effect?  
10 years.
What is the current condition of the City’s streets and alleys?
The City has approximately 120 miles of roads and 40 miles of alleys. Currently, the City’s street Pavement Condition Index (PCI) is rated as a 43, on a 0-100 scale (zero being a failed street and 100 being newly paved).  A PCI of 43 is considered “Poor” condition. The City’s alleys are rated with a PCI of 5, which is considered “Very Poor.”Rough street & pothole
At current funding levels, there is no street restoration program to begin improving street conditions, or even minimally slowing street degradation.  The Street Fund is currently funded at a level which only makes spot repairs to “failed” sections of road.  There is currently no sustainable street maintenance solution.

How will street projects be funded?
Though a TBD alone will not generate enough money to fully fund the City’s Street program, a TBD can augment the limited funds provided by the City’s General Fund to allow increased road preventive maintenance and limited road restoration.  To the maximum extent possible, the TBD funds will be leveraged. That is, they will be used as matching funds to obtain state and federal grants.

What does the TBD measure fund?
Streets and sidewalks maintenance and safety improvements.  The annual budget will determine each year’s priority improvements based on condition and safety factors.  At a minimum, they will include street preservation, arterial road reconstruction, and sidewalk / ADA ramp construction.

The improvements intended to be funded over the first 5 years include:

  • 10th Street reconstruction (City match for State grant)
  • 10th Street overlay (M Street - I street)
  • Chip seal preservation projects on: Park Avenue, Peabody Street, Chase Street, N Street, 8th Street, Golf Course Road, and residential streets
  • Liberty Street reconstruction
  • ADA improvements on Francis Street and Peabody Street
  • Various alley paving repairs
  • School walking route improvements

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