Transportation Benefit District
Type: Special District
Ellen Schroer, District Treasurer
Rosalind Lassoff, Clerk of the District
Transportation Benefit District Annual Vehicle Fees Take Effect
Vehicles Subject to the Vehicle Fee
Vehicles Not Subject to the Vehicle Fee
Established By: City of Bainbridge Island Ordinance No. 2012-14
**Note that on December 31, 2015 the Bainbridge Island Transportation Benefit District was dissolved and assumed by the City of Bainbridge Island. For additional detail on this transaction see the accompanying notes to this
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Bainbridge Island Transportation Benefit District (TBD)?
In 1987, the State Legislature created Transportation Benefit Districts (TBDs) as an option for local governments to fund transportation improvements. Chapter 36.73 In 2005 and 2007, the Legislature amended the TBD statute to expand its uses and revenue authority, including the ability to authorize a $20 annual vehicle license fee (VLF), and up to an additional $80 of VLF, if approved by voters within the district.
The state legislature provided local governments with these tools because inflation has eroded the local share of gas tax and a series of statewide ballot initiatives passed over the last 12 years have eliminated other traditional sources of funding for local transportation needs.
Who runs the TBD?
The Bainbridge Island Transportation Benefit District is governed by a Board, comprised of Bainbridge Island City Councilmembers acting ex officio and independently of their elected position, as required by the authorizing state law.
When and how did the City Council establish a TBD?
The Bainbridge Island City Council approved Ordinance No. 2012-14 on August 22, 2012. The ordinance created a new chapter in the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code, namely: Chapter 12.29, Transportation Benefit District. The new code chapter established the TBD's governing board, purpose and authority of the district, use of funds and dissolution of the district.