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Covington Transportation Benefit District

Proposition No. 1
Sales and Use Tax for Transportation Improvements

The Board of Covington Transportation District, Covington, Washington, adopted Resolution No. 15-01 concerning a sales and use tax to fund transportation improvements. This proposition would authorize collection of a sales and use tax at a rate of 0.2% of all taxable retail sales within the District, in accordance with RCW 82.14.0455, for a period not exceeding ten years, for the purpose of paying for or financing the costs of transportation maintenance and improvement projects identified in Resolution No. 15-01. Should this proposition be approved?



Proposition 1 represents an effort by the Covington Transportation Benefit District to fund transportation maintenance and improvement projects identified in Covington’s six-year Transportation Improvement Program. Among other unmet transportation needs, revenue generated by the district will be used to fund the reinstatement of street resurfacing, enhanced asphalt patching and crack sealing, and to sustain existing maintenance programs for the city’s streets and pedestrian walkways. A vote to approve Proposition 1 will authorize an additional retail sales and use tax of 0.002 of the selling price, meaning only an additional 20¢ for every $100.00 spent. The revenue generated from the tax is restricted and can only be used to maintain and improve Covington’s transportation system. The district, in an effort to offset the impact to Covington residents, is seeking a sales tax increase so that all persons travelling Covington’s streets to shop and conduct business in Covington share the costs of street and pedestrian walkway maintenance, not just Covington residents. The 0.002 sales tax increase would only be valid for a period of 10 years.

For questions about this measure, contact: Sharon Scott, Clerk of the Board, 253-480-2400,

Covington and its surrounding areas continue to grow.  Every day Covington's roads are clogged by vehicles passing through or entering Covington to shop.  The huge volume of vehicle traffic causes excessive damage to our roadways, which means increased road maintenance and road improvements.  Most of these vehicles are operated by non-citizens of Covington, thus increasing the tax burden on Covington citizens by necessitating additional Covington tax money for road repair. 

Voting for this measure raises the sales tax by a modest 0.2% (from 8.6% to 8.8%), but still keeps Covington with one of the lowest sales tax rates in King County.  This minimal increase would cost just twenty cents for every hundred dollars and apply to all persons that shop in Covington, not just those who live here.  Many people from the surrounding areas use Covington’s roads to commute through or shop in area stores; this tax ensures non-citizens of Covington pay their fair share of the maintenance and improvement costs of Covington's roads.  Monies raised would be legally restricted for road and sidewalk improvements only.

Everyone that uses our roads should help maintain and improve them, not just those of us that live here.  Vote Yes!

Mark Twain once said “If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it”. Covington city government has a history of disregarding voter’s wishes. This tax measure was defeated about 18 months ago. This “do over” cost the taxpayers about $25,000. It is unnecessary to fund a separate taxing district to provide an essential city service which should be paid out of existing revenue. Covington chooses to not pay for essential services first.

Long term debt service cost taxpayers over 1.2 million dollars annually. Also considering the size of Covington the generous pay and benefits of the bureaucracy eat up a large portion of the budget. This includes about $500 per month into their pensions and the new city manager started at $151,000 pay plus benefits. Landscaping along streets may give covington a different look, but it costs substantially more to build and over $50,000 a year to maintain. In some areas it even causes an unsafe condition for drivers and pedestrians.

Surface water management funds are dedicated for a specific use. City government diverts 6% to the general fund via the utility tax  Will they do that to the Transportation Benefits district?

The statement against the TBD is full of unrealistic and unsupported arguments and completely misses the point.  Covington citizens can either pay all the costs of road improvements themselves or vote for the TBD and have non-citizens share the cost and lessen the burden for Covington taxpayers—both now and in the future.  Funds generated by the TBD would be restricted by law for road improvements only and cannot be reallocated.

Submitted by: Laura Morrissey, Steven Pand, and Mary Pritchard, 

Covington currently applies taxes to other taxes to increase utility tax revenue. The city council does a better job of representing the city than the taxpayers.

The proposed 11.7 cents per gallon state gas tax increase will help fund Covington’s transportation needs. With rapidly rising property taxes, do you really want to pay an additional tax?

Please Vote No Again!!

Submitted by: Philip Jones and Leroy Stevenson,

Simple majority (RCW 36.73.065)


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