On February 21, 2017, the City of Richland will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed formation of a Transportation Benefit District (TBD). A Transportation Benefit District is an entity created for the sole purpose of acquiring, constructing,improving, providing and funding transportation improvements within the established District. Under RCW 36.73 the Washington State legislature permits local governments to form a TBD and fund it through a variety of funding mechanisms, the most common being a Vehicle license fee.
The goals for the proposed TBD are two-fold. First, completion of the Duportail Bridge and second,increasing resources for the City's Pavement Preservation Program. The Duportail Bridge continues to be a top priority for City Council, staff and our citizens. While the City has raised substantial funding from granting agencies, including $20 million from the Washington State Legislature, there is still a funding gap to complete the project. In addition, there continues to be a funding shortfall in the City's Pavement Preservation Program. For the past several years Council and staff, through the City's Capital Improvement Plan, have considered a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) as a viable option for filling the gap in funding for both efforts.
City Council will consider the proposal to form a TBD for the purposes of funding the Duportail
Bridge and supporting the Pavement Preservation Program, with collection of a $20 vehicle license fee to begin in January, 2018. The fee would be collected at the time of vehicle license renewals.
This has been a well thought-out strategy and is the recommended direction after considering
several other fee/tax options.
Citizens can attend the public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 505 Swift Blvd, Richland.
For more information regarding Richland's proposed TBD or to view Frequently Asked Questions,
Important Notice: Due to the inclement weather, all garbage collection services are canceled for today, Thursday, February 9th. Today's originally scheduled collection will now be collected tomorrow, Friday, February 10th. Garbage originally scheduled to be collected on Friday, will now be collected on Saturday, February 11th. Please plan accordingly. As always, please make sure containers are at curbside by 6 a.m. Thank you for your patience.
The City of Richland has openings on five of its boards and commissions; The Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments, Code Enforcement, Parks and Recreation, and the Arts Commission. The Parks and Recreation and Arts commission have both adult and youth position openings. All applicants must be Richland residents, and have experience or a strong desire to be involved in that committee. For further details visit www.ci.richland.wa.us/bcc and scroll to Current Vacancies or call the City Clerk's office, 942-7388. Applications are due February 10.