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Ridgefield Transportation Benefit District

Why Funding Streets is Important

Ridgefield’s livability, economic vitality, and public safety and emergency response depend on a healthy, viable street system. Streets are the backbone of all community and business activities and impact Ridgefield’s overall quality of life. Just like a home or office building, a vehicle or a bicycle, our street system needs ongoing maintenance to continue to serve us now and into the future. 

Scheduled maintenance extends the life of our streets by 50% and costs less than expensive repairs needed without it. The cost of reconstructing unmaintained roads is 15 times the amount of regular maintenance. By securing funding through the TBD, the City protects taxpayers investments by saving resources and keeps our streets drivable and safe.

Click here to learn about the various maintenance and preservation methods we use to maintain and preserve city streets.

Funding the Ridgefield TBD

Why does the City need more funding to improve streets?

Existing funding is not adequate to maintain pavement conditions and reconstruct failed streets. After more than quadrupling its investment in road maintenance the past five years, the city still faces a $10 million deficit for street maintenance. Proper road maintenance saves taxpayers 71% in road repair expenses over 5 years.

Funding and prioritizing regularly scheduled pavement preservation and maintenance saves taxpayers money and keeps Ridgefield streets in good condition.

Why can’t fees on new construction pay for it?

New development pays directly, by building new roads, and through impact fees to build and expand main roads. Development may rebuild existing roads only if they are increasing capacity. However, new development dollars cannot legally be used to maintain existing streets. Washington State law establishes that developers can pay to build streets, but we all pay to take care of the streets we drive on once they’re there. 

What funding options are there?

Both of the options below will provide adequate funding for necessary pavement preservation and maintenance. The 0.2% Sales Tax was approved by voters in the November 2021 General Election. Resolution 596, adopted July 22, 2021, provided for the ballot measure (Proposition 1) in the November 2021 General & Special Election. 

APPROVE RESOLUTION NO. 596(PROPOSITION 1):
*Approved by Voters in November 2021 General Election

0.2% Sales Tax (Taxable Retail Sales) will generate an estimated $7,567,610 over 10 years.

  • Retail sales tax would increase from 8.4% to 8.6%. The 0.2% increase would be approved for 10 years.
  • Paid by everyone who shops in Ridgefield and uses Ridgefield streets and services, including developers who purchase construction materials delivered to Ridgefield.
  • Will generate an estimated $7,567,610 over 10 years. Click here to view yearly estimate breakdown and comparison to $30 vehicle licensing fee.
    • Construction Retail Estimated Revenue: $3,027,043
      • Construction Retail includes all construction materials purchased within Ridgefield or delivered to Ridgefield. This may include building a new house, road or commercial building, installing new utilities, or completing home improvements. 
    • General Retail Estimated Revenue: $4,540,565
      • General Retail includes purchases of goods and services, such as buying household wares and getting your car’s oil changed. 

Example of impact: If the 0.2% sales tax initiative passes, the sales tax in Ridgefield would be 8.6%. This equates to a $1 tax increase on a $500 purchase. To get to an annual cost of $60, a family would need to spend $30,000 on taxable goods and services in Ridgefield.

REJECT PROPOSITION 1

$30 Vehicle License Registration Fee will generate an estimated $5,384,927 over 10 years.

Example of impact: A family that registers two vehicles in Ridgefield will pay a $30 Ridgefield TBD vehicle license fee for each vehicle, for a $60 annual cost.

How does the City measure pavement conditions?

Proactive maintenance and preservation through regularly scheduled crack and slurry sealing, every 10 – 15 years after a street’s construction is the most effective method for extending the life of pavement.

To evaluate pavement conditions and prioritize maintenance projects, streets in Ridgefield are monitored and rated on the Pavement Conditions Index (PCI). Ridgefield aims to maintain an average rating of about 80 (Very Good). The maps below serve as a demonstration of this tracking.

Curent Pavement Conditions 2021
Map 1 - Click image to enlarge

Map 1 shows the current PCI map for Ridgefield Streets. The current Average PCI is 79, with several streets falling below Category I-Very Good.

Pavement Conditions in 10 yrs with funding
Map 2 - Click image to enlarge

Map 2 shows the PCI Condition in 10 Years, with the additional funding, following the Street & Pavement Preservation Program. The average PCI will be 80, and nearly all streets will be Category I – Very Good.

Frequently Asked Questions

The $30 registration fee affects all vehicles with the exception of those listed below and is in addition to state-regulated vehicle fees. The increase from $20/vehicle to $30/vehicle will take effect February, 2022.

VEHICLES NOT AFFECTED BY THE INCREASE:

  • All farm vehicles
  • Campers
  • Off-road vehicles
  • Snowmobiles
  • Mopeds
  • Personal use trailers with a single axle, less than 2,000lb. scale weight
  • Trailers used exclusively for hauling logs
  • Combination trailers
  • Horseless carriage, collector, or restored-plate vehicles
  • Converter gear
  • Government vehicles
  • Private school vehicles
  • Vehicles properly registered to disabled American veterans

In November 2019, voters approved statewide Initiative 976, the Limits on Motor Vehicle Taxes and Fees Measure. The initiative was struck down by the Washington Supreme Court as unconstitutional in an October 15, 2020 decision.

The vehicle license fee will increase from $20 to $30 per vehicle for notices mailed in 2022 for vehicle license renewals due on or after February 8, 2022 (180 days from approval).

Ridgefield aims to maintain an average rating of about 80 (Very Good) on the Pavement Conditions Index (PCI). The current PCI is 79. Under the funding level prior to adoption of the $30 vehicle license fee, PCI was predicted to drop to 60 in 10 years. With either funding option, $30 vehicle license fee or 0.2% sales tax, pavement preservation and maintenance projects will increase PCI to 80 in 10 years.

By increasing the funding level for maintenance and preservation, the City of Ridgefield is protecting taxpayers dollars. Scheduled maintenance extends the life of our streets by 50% and costs less than expensive repairs needed without it. Proper Road maintenance saves tax payers 71% in road repair expenses over 5 years.

If adopted by voters on November 2, 2021, the 0.2% sales tax increase would be effective July 1, 2022. Resolution 596, adopted July 22, 2021, provided for the ballot measure (Proposition 1) in the November General & Special Election.

The sales tax increase would remain in effect for 10 years. If, in 10 years, the City wanted to continue funding the TBD with a retail sales tax it would require approval by voters. 

By state law, the money raised by TBD fees can only be used on improving our transportation system. Funds will be used to pay the costs associated with pavement preservation peojects identified in the City of Ridgefield Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan. This includes upgrading substandard roads, improving pavement conditions, and improving ADA accessibility. 

Click here to learn about the various maintenance and preservation methods we use to maintain and preserve city streets.

Funds from the TBD will be spent on pavement preservation projects. These projects will repair and prevent further deterioration, such as potholes, on streets. All streets in Ridgefield will receive preservation treatment over the next 10 years.

Regular maintenance of the street system, including fixing potholes, signs and signals, is funded by general fund tax dollars, including property and sales tax. Please contact Ridgefield Public Works Operations for service requests such as these. Call 360-887-8251 or submit through our AccessRidgefield App or the online Public Works service request form.

Taxable retail sales means goods and services, such as buying household wares and getting your car’s oil changed, as well as sales tax on new construction. Exemptions are food, prescription drugs, etc. For more information, visit WA Department of Revenue.

The 0.2% Sales Tax is estimated to generate $7,567,610 over 10 years. Of this total, revenue from New Construction is estimated at $3,027,043.80 and revenue from General Retail is estimated at $4,540,565.70.

For additional information, please read Resolution 596, adopted July 22, 2021, which provided for the ballot measure (Proposition 1) in the November General & Special Election.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Please submit your questions via email to TBD@ridgefieldwa.us

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