Proposed Street Maintenance Fee Increase

Decision to Move Forward with Street Maintenance Fee Increase

In 2020, City Council set the goal of continuing to “focus on pavement quality and pathways.” In 2021, Council refined the goal to “increase funding for pedestrian facilities, beginning with safe routes to school.” In September 2021, Council held a study session on funding options and directed staff to return to Council to explore changes to the SMF or, alternatively, pursue a General Obligation Bond.

In May 2022, Council agreed that increasing the SMF was the best option for creating an increased source of funding for pathway infrastructure improvements. Additionally, Council decided to increase the SMF rather than proposing a General Obligation Bond, which would have increased property taxes.

The City Council will have a Study Session in November and vote on the proposed SMF increase in December 2022. The proposed rate increases would take effect July 1, 2023.

Proposed Street Maintenance Fee Increases

The proposed SMF rate increases would create an additional $1.5 million per year for the Street Fund to be used for projects like pathways, sidewalks, and pedestrian safety improvements.

Proposed rate increases per category:

 

Category
Proposed Rate Increase per Month
Single Family
$5.60
Multi-Family
$3.90
Non-Residential
     Group I
     Group II
     Group III
 
$3.40 per 1,000 sqft
$7.60 per 1,000 sqft
$28.60 per 1,000 sqft

 

The rate of each category is based on the trip generation value for each category of property, determined by the Institute of Transportation Engineers. More information on how the SMF is determined can be found here.

 

Photo: Example of an area near Westridge Elementary that would benefit from a bike lane.

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