The Board of County Commissioners adopted an ordinance on Dec. 30, 2014 that created the Thurston County Transportation Benefit District—or “TC-TBD”—that covers the unincorporated areas of the county.
Many cities and counties in Washington are funding important road maintenance projects, new transportation infrastructure, and public transit systems that are aging, deteriorating, and not keeping up with inflation or population growth by creating transportaion benefit districts.
DISTRICT CREATION IS AUTHORIZED UNDER WASHINGTON STATE LAW (RCW 36.73) for cities and counties to collect revenue to help pay for those projects.
Projects that would help preserve our existing infrastructure will be given high priority by the TBD. The county’s existing transportation infrastructure is worth more than 3/4 of a billion dollars, so it’s vitally important that we protect, maintain and preserve those assets and keep them functioning well.
Projects that protect or improve roadway safety or reduce traffic collisions will be given a high priority by the TBD. Traffic collisions are the fourth leading cause of death for Thurston County residents, so improving roadway safety is a top priority.
Projects that are able to use updated technology to be more effective and efficient will be given a high priority by the TBD. Doing maintenance, preservation and repair work to our transportation infrastructure also offers us the opportunity to use state-of-the-art technology and techniques that can improve safety, address congestion, or that are more cost effective or hold up better over time.