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Transportation Benefit District Progress Report
In 2012 Tacoma formed a Transportation Benefit District; in 2013 the City passed a $20 car tab fee to be used for maintenance, preservation, and improvements to the City's roads under the TBD.
Last summer the $20 fee went into effect, and began funding work on Tacoma's roads. Included in last week's City Manager's report to Council was a progress report on work accomplished so far, thanks to the TBD.
In 2013, $4 million was collected by the TBD. As of the end of 2013, less than half of that had been spent, mostly on "street rehabilitation," with smaller amounts going toward non-motorized transportation improvements and traffic signal upgrades and repairs.
Highlights of the progress report for those of you on pothole patrol include temporary repair of 6,941 potholes, and permanent repair of 1,722 potholes. Funds also covered chip sealing and paving for residential blocks and installation of ADA compliant ramps.
As TBD car tab fee collection enters its first full year, these smaller-scale road repairs will continue. $4 million seems like a drop in the bucket compared to the $800 million in street and sidewalk repairs identified by a Tacoma task force in 2012, but it's a start. Now if we could just get the Pothole Fairy to take a vacation from creating new potholes...
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