II. Boards and Commissions

Chapter 3.26
MERCER ISLAND TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT DISTRICT

Sections:

3.26.010    Purpose and findings.

3.26.020    Transportation benefit district established.

3.26.030    Governing board.

3.26.040    Purpose of the district.

3.26.050    Authority of the district.

3.26.060    Use of funds.

3.26.070    Dissolution of the district.

3.26.080    Liberal construction.

3.26.010 Purpose and findings.

A. The purpose of this chapter is to establish a transportation benefit district pursuant to RCW 35.21.225 and Chapter 36.73 RCW.

B. The city council finds it is in the public interest to provide adequate levels of funding to make transportation improvements that are consistent with existing state, regional, and local transportation plans and necessitated by existing or reasonably foreseeable congestion levels as provided in Chapter 36.73 RCW. City council further finds that it is in the public interest to invest in the operation, preservation and maintenance of principal arterials of regional significance, high capacity transportation and/or public transportation. City council further finds that it is in the public interest to provide for transportation improvements that specifically focus on reducing the risk of transportation facility failure and improving safety, decreasing travel time, increasing daily and peak period trip capacity, improving modal connectivity, and preserving and maintaining optimal performance of transportation infrastructure over time so as to avoid more expensive infrastructure replacement in the future.

C. The city council finds it is in the public interest and welfare to assume the rights, powers, immunities, functions, and obligations of the transportation benefit district. (Ord. 15C-24 § 2; Ord. 14C-11 § 1).

3.26.020 Transportation benefit district established.

There is hereby established a transportation benefit district to be known as the Mercer Island transportation benefit district (“district”) with geographical boundaries comprised of the corporate limits of the city of Mercer Island as they now exist or may hereafter be altered by future annexations. (Ord. 14C-11 § 1).

3.26.030 Governing board.

A. The governing board (“board”) of the district shall be the Mercer Island city council, which shall have the authority to exercise the statutory powers set forth in Chapter 36.73 RCW.

B. The treasurer of the district shall be the city’s finance director.

C. The board shall develop a material change policy to address major plan changes that affect project delivery or the ability to finance the plan, pursuant to the requirements set forth in RCW 36.73.160(1).

D. The board shall issue an annual report pursuant to the requirements of RCW 36.73.160(2). (Ord. 15C-24 § 3; Ord. 14C-11 § 1).

3.26.040 Purpose of the district.

The purpose of the district is to improve and protect the city’s long-term investment in its transportation infrastructure, to reduce the risk of transportation facility failure, to improve safety, to avoid more expensive infrastructure replacements in the future, and to reduce congestion or stem the expected increase in congestion created by failing roads. (Ord. 14C-11 § 1).

3.26.050 Authority of the district.

A. The district shall have and may exercise any and all powers and functions provided by Chapter 36.73 RCW to fulfill the purposes of the district, and this chapter of the Mercer Island City Code shall be liberally construed to permit the accomplishments of the district’s purposes.

B. The district may authorize a vehicle fee up to the maximum fee provided for in RCW 36.73.065 as presently enacted or hereafter amended.

C. The district may not authorize a fee on building construction or land development as provided for in RCW 36.73.120.

D. When authorized by the voters pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 36.73 RCW, the district may assess other taxes, fees, charges and tolls or increases in these revenue sources for the improvement, preservation, maintenance and operation of city streets and ways.

E. The district shall not issue general obligation bonds or revenue bonds in accordance with the provisions of RCW 36.73.070.

F. The board shall have and may exercise any powers provided by law to fulfill the purpose of the district. (Ord. 15C-24 § 4; Ord. 14C-11 § 1).

3.26.060 Use of funds.

The funds generated by the district may be used for any purpose allowed by law including the operation of the district and to make transportation improvements that are consistent with existing state, regional and local transportation plans and necessitated by reasonably foreseeable congestion levels pursuant to Chapter 36.73 RCW. The transportation improvements funded by the district shall be made in an effort to reduce the risk of transportation facility failure and improve safety, decrease travel time, increase daily and peak period trip capacity, improve modal connectivity, and preserve and maintain optimal performance of the infrastructure over time to avoid expensive infrastructure replacement in the future. (Ord. 14C-11 § 1).

3.26.070 Dissolution of the district.

The district shall dissolve itself after all the indebtedness of the district has been retired or, if no debt has been incurred, when all of the district’s anticipated responsibilities have been satisfied and the construction of the transportation improvement or series of improvements, has been completed and paid. Notice of dissolution shall be provided in accordance with RCW 36.73.170. (Ord. 14C-11 § 1).

3.26.080 Liberal construction.

This chapter is to be liberally construed to accomplish the purpose of establishing a transportation benefit district. (Ord. 14C-11 § 1).