ESSB 6774 -
By Committee on Transportation
NOT CONSIDERED 03/11/2010
Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:
"Sec. 1 RCW 36.73.020 and 2009 c 515 s 14 are each amended to
read as follows:
(1) The legislative authority of a county or city, or a public transportation benefit area as provided under subsection (2) of this section, may establish a transportation benefit district within the county or city area or within the area specified in subsection (2) of this section, for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, providing, and funding a transportation improvement within the district that is consistent with any existing state, regional, ((
and)) or local
transportation plans and necessitated by existing or reasonably
foreseeable congestion levels. The transportation improvements shall
be owned by the county of jurisdiction if located in an unincorporated
area, by the city of jurisdiction if located in an incorporated area,
or by the state in cases where the transportation improvement is or
becomes a state highway. However, if deemed appropriate by the
governing body of the transportation benefit district, a transportation
improvement may be owned by a participating port district or transit
district, unless otherwise prohibited by law. Transportation
improvements shall be administered and maintained as other public
streets, roads, highways, and transportation improvements. To the
extent practicable, the district shall consider the following criteria
when selecting transportation improvements:
(a) Reduced risk of transportation facility failure and improved safety;
(b) Improved travel time;
(c) Improved air quality;
(d) Increases in daily and peak period trip capacity;
(e) Improved modal connectivity;
(f) Improved freight mobility;
(g) Cost-effectiveness of the investment;
(h) Optimal performance of the system through time;
(i) Improved accessibility for, or other benefits to, persons with special transportation needs as defined in RCW 47.06B.012; and
(j) Other criteria, as adopted by the governing body.
Subject to subsection (6) of this section, the)) (a) The
legislative authority of a public transportation benefit area under
chapter 36.57A RCW with boundaries that encompass all or part of a
county having a population of more than six hundred thousand may
establish a transportation benefit district within the full boundaries
of the public transportation benefit area. An authorized public
transportation benefit area must, except as otherwise provided in
subsection (2) of this section, comply with all requirements of this
chapter. A district may be formed by majority vote of the public
transportation benefit area's governing body, and the governing body of
the benefit area is not required to obtain agreement of the
jurisdictions having territory within the boundaries of the public
transportation benefit area.
(b) The transportation improvements shall be owned by the public transportation benefit area unless otherwise agreed to or prohibited by law.
(c) The authority of a public transportation benefit area to establish a transportation benefit district or to impose or collect an authorized tax, charge, or fee under this chapter or under RCW 82.80.140 expires on June 30, 2015. Any contract entered into by the transportation benefit district for the collection of taxes, charges, or fees on its behalf must include a provision establishing that the collection of any such taxes, charges, or fees is not authorized after June 30, 2015. The benefit district shall dissolve itself and cease to exist no later than July 31, 2015.
(3) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (2) of this section, a district may include area within more than one county, city, port district, county transportation authority, or public transportation benefit area, if the legislative authority of each participating jurisdiction has agreed to the inclusion as provided in an interlocal agreement adopted pursuant to chapter 39.34 RCW. However, the boundaries of the district need not include all territory within the boundaries of the participating jurisdictions comprising the district.
(3))) (4) The members of the legislative authority proposing to
establish the district, acting ex officio and independently, shall
constitute the governing body of the district: PROVIDED, That, except
as otherwise provided in subsection (2) of this section, where a
district includes area within more than one jurisdiction under
subsection (2) of this section, the district shall be governed under an
interlocal agreement adopted pursuant to chapter 39.34 RCW(( .
However)), with the governing body (( shall be)) being composed of (a)
at least five members including at least one elected official from the
legislative authority of each participating jurisdiction or (b) the
governing body of the metropolitan planning organization serving the
district, but only if the district boundaries are identical to the
boundaries of the metropolitan planning organization serving the
district. However, only those members of the governing body of a
metropolitan planning organization that are elected officials may
determine whether the district will impose or seek voter approval of
any authorized taxes, charges, or fees. Members that are not elected
officials are ex officio, nonvoting members of the district's governing
body for purposes of making decisions to impose or seek approval of
taxes, charges, or fees.
(4))) (5) The treasurer of the jurisdiction proposing to
establish the district shall act as the ex officio treasurer of the
district, unless an interlocal agreement states otherwise.
(5))) (6) The electors of the district shall all be registered
voters residing within the district.
(6) Prior to December 1, 2007, the authority under this section,
regarding the establishment of or the participation in a district,
shall not apply to:))"
(a) Counties with a population greater than one million five hundred thousand persons and any adjoining counties with a population greater than five hundred thousand persons;
(b) Cities with any area within the counties under (a) of this subsection; and
(c) Other jurisdictions with any area within the counties under (a) of this subsection.
Correct the title.