A Transportation Benefit District (TBD) is a taxing district for the sole purpose of acquiring, constructing, providing and funding transportation improvements. Sequim City Council established the Sequim TBD citywide in 2008 and city voters approved a 0.2% sales tax to fund it for a 10-year period in 2009; in 2018 the tax was renewed by voters with 72% approval.
Funds generated by the TBD sales tax are used for important improvements such as:
Decreasing travel time
Improving modal connectivity (including walking, biking and other multi-modal routes)
Increasing daily and peak-period vehicle trip capacity
Preserving and maintaining optimal performance of transportation infrastructure
Reducing the risk of transportation facility failure
Examples of projects implemented with TBD funds may be found on the TBD Projects page.
In 2015, Washington state enacted legislation in RCW 36.74 that authorizes a city which has an established TBD with equivalent boundaries as the city to assume all of the District’s rights, powers, functions, and obligations. In 2017, Sequim City Council held a public hearing and adopted an ordinance to assume TBD obligations. At that time the Sequim TBD was no longer an independent entity separate from City Council. The sales tax which funds the TBD still must be renewed every 10 years.