Car tab fee could be on the first agenda for Bainbridge transportation district

The Bainbridge Island City Council could decide as soon as its first meeting as the board of the city's new Transportation Benefit District to establish a $20 vehicle licensing fee.

Interim City Attorney Will Patton sent the council a memo Friday outlining the next steps for the city's Transportation Benefit District.

The city council voted unanimously to create the special taxing district at its meeting on Aug. 22. With the district now in place, the city of Bainbridge Island will be able to adopt a car tab fee that could help pay for pressing road projects.

In Patton's Aug. 31 memo, the attorney said the next step for the Transportation Benefit District will be for the district to hold its first meeting. Patton suggested holding the meeting at the beginning or the end of a regularly scheduled council meeting.

Patton said possible agenda items for the first meeting include adopting a regular meeting schedule and appointing a board chairman, as well as work on an interlocal agreement that would allow city staff to provide support services for the district.

Another first meeting agenda item, Patton said, could be a resolution adopting a $20 vehicle licensing fee.

City officials have said the $20 fee could generate more than $330,000 in additional revenues annually for road projects.


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