Transportation Benefit District
City Council Cuts Battle Ground TBD Fee
Effective January 2021, city residents will not be assessed the annual $20 vehicle tab fee
In November of 2019, statewide measure I-976, commonly referred to as the "$30 car tab initiative", was passed by a majority of voters. Due to ongoing litigation, the Department of Licensing (DOL) continues to collect all vehicle fees. (View the DOL Fact Sheet here.)
In June of 2020, with a desire to honor the will of voters, the Battle Ground City Council adopted an ordinance to cut the Battle Ground TBD (Transportation Benefit District) tab fee. Beginning in January 2021, residents of the City will not be assessed the $20 fee when renewing vehicle tabs.
The impact on the City's annual budget is the loss of the TBD revenue, approximately $290,000 for street maintenance and preservation.
TBD Background / History
The Battle Ground Transportation Benefit District (TBD) was established in 2014 as a means to provide adequate levels of funding for the purpose of ongoing transportation improvements that preserve and maintain streets within the city of Battle Ground.
Residents who live within Battle Ground city limits are assessed a $20 TBD (Transportation Benefit District) fee when renewing or purchasing vehicle tabs.
The revenue created - approximately $290,000 annually - is used for the sole purpose of transportation improvements such as the maintenance, preservation and construction/reconstruction of roadways within the City of Battle Ground.
Department of Licensing
View the WA State Department of Licensing Transportation Benefit District page for additional information on TBDs including a list of vehicles subject to the fee and a list of exempt vehicles.
Completed TBD-Funded Projects
Projects funded in 2019 include repairs to SW Scotton Way; Chip Sealing of NW Onsdorff (SR 503 to Parkway) and NE 249 Street (Parkway to Grace); Micro-Surfacing of North Parkway (Main to Onsdorff) and East Rasmussen (Grace to Commerce); Thermoplastic Street Markings - crosswalks, turn arrows, traffic arrows, and RR crossing; Long Striping - lane lines, fog and bike lanes. In addition, $11,850 of TBD funds were leveraged as a match to receive a $200,000 grant. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funded project will extend sidewalk and drainage improvements along SW 3rd Street and SW 19th Avenue, allowing for safe pedestrian travel through the neighborhood.
Projects funded in 2018 included long striping (the repainting of roadway centerlines and fog lines) throughout the city; repainted street markings, such as crosswalks and turn arrows throughout the city; and crack and slurry sealing of roadways in all four quadrants of the city: See maps of the crack, slurry and chip sealing projects.
Projects funded in 2017 included crack, slurry and chip sealing of streets in the northwest quadrant of the city, extensive pothole repair, and the mill and fill paving process on the north section of the South Parkway Improvement Project. See maps of the crack, slurry and chip sealing projects.
Projects funded in 2016 include the repainting of lane striping throughout the city and nearly 4 miles of street maintenance and preservation through a crack and slurry sealing process. 2016 Crack & Slurry Seal Map/Schedule.
Street Maintenance & Preservation Methods
Crack sealing... micro-surfacing... chip sealing... mill and fill... what does it all mean? Learn about the various maintenance and preservation methods we use to maintain and preserve city streets.