Marysville City Council holds hearing, votes on TBD Board Nov. 12

MARYSVILLE — The Marysville City Council will vote on Tuesday, Nov. 12, on whether or not to approve a Transportation Benefit District, following a public hearing on the matter during the Nov. 12 City Council meeting starting at 7 p.m.

City of Marysville Public Works Director Kevin Nielsen explained that a TBD is the city's attempt to meet its responsibilities, mandated under the state Constitution, for the improvement, maintenance, protection and operation of public ways within the city limits. He elaborated that the Revised Code of Washington authorizes the City Council to establish a TBD, as well as to levy additional revenues for transportation improvements within the TBD.

"People sometimes get TIBs and TBDs confused," Nielsen said. "Transportation Improvement Boards provide state funding to transportation projects through competitive scoring. Transportation Benefit Districts are their own entities, which would be run by the City Council in Marysville's case, that keep their funds within their own cities."

Arlington residents voted on Aug. 6 of this year to approve a TBD Board ballot proposition to fund the preservation, repair and improvement of 126 failing and near-failing road segments within the Arlington city limits, through a $0.002 additional sales tax for 10 years, which is projected to raise $650,000 annually from residents and non-residents alike.

According to Nielsen, the Marysville City Council will be voting on Nov. 12 to authorize the formation of a TBD Board, since the setting of fees that the TBD would collect would require a separate ordinance.

"The public hearing on Nov. 12 will be on the potential formation of a TBD Board, so we welcome the public's input at that time, especially since the City Council will be voting on it at that same meeting," Nielsen said. "We've come to this point because all of Marysville's other funding mechanisms for streets and roads take revenue away from other governmental bodies, whether state or federal, and it's hard finding those sources anymore. The boundaries of the TBD would cover all of Marysville, and would focus those revenues on our local roads."

Nielsen anticipated that the TBD Board would most likely be composed of the City Council, with the city finance director serving as the Board's treasurer.

Because of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, the Marysville City Council meeting that would otherwise be scheduled for that date is meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 on the second floor of Marysville City Hall, located at 1049 State Ave.

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