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Enumclaw Transportation Benefit District

Proposition No. 1

Sales and Use Tax for Transportation Improvements


The Board of Enumclaw Transportation District, Enumclaw, Washington, adopted Resolution No. 2015.02 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 0.1% 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. 2015.02. Should this proposition be approved?



Propositon 1 represents an effort by the Enumclaw Transportation Benefit District (TBD) to fund transportation maintenance and improvement projects identified in Enumclaw’s six-year Transportation Improvement Program. A vote to approve Proposition 1 will authorize an additional retail sales and use tax of 0.001 of the selling price, meaning an additional $1.00 for every $1,000.00 spent. The revenue generated from the tax is restricted and can only be used to maintain and improve Enumclaw’s transportation system. The TBD is seeking a sales tax increase so that all persons travelling Enumclaw’s streets to shop and conduct business in Enumclaw share the costs of maintaining the transportation system, rather than rely exclusively on vehicle license fees of Enumclaw residents. The 0.001 sales tax increase would be valid for a period of 10 years.

For questions about this measure, contact: Maureen J. Burwell, City Clerk, 360-615-5608,

Enumclaw’s streets need approximately $500,000 a year for maintenance to keep them at current levels. Without adequate funding, streets will deteriorate faster than they are rehabilitated, adding to the deferred maintenance currently at $3.5M. Funding has historically been from the City’s general fund generated from property and real estate excise taxes and vehicle license fees.

Enumclaw has leveraged grants to upgrade streets whenever possible, but we need this investment for ongoing maintenance to increase the longevity of the streets.

Enumclaw needs an additional $250,000 a year to repair and then maintain our severely damaged streets. This increase is designed so that all persons (resident and non-resident) conducting business in Enumclaw share the costs of maintaining the transportation system. A 0.1% increase is being requested, short of the 0.2% allowed by state law. This will generate approximately $250,000 per year for 10 years, and will be used exclusively for streets.

An increase from 8.6% to 8.7% is modest and the tax rate will remain lower than Auburn, Puyallup, Sumner, and Bonney Lake. The proposed tax of 0.1% is only an additional $1.00 for every $1,000.00 spent excluding food and other non-taxable items.

Please vote yes to fix our streets.

Statement submitted by: Rich Curtin and Pamela Harding

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

Simple majority (RCW 36.73.065)

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