Richland Responds to Passage of Initiative 976
The City of Richland remains in the early stages of determining the full extent of impacts of the recent passage of I-976, not only in Richland, but statewide. Leadership is staying engaged with the Association of Washington Cities to clarify the next steps, timing, and effective dates. Until further determination, City Council will proceed with operating the Transportation Benefit District (TBD) as planned and budgeted in 2019.
In Richland, loss of the TBD would be a repeal of the authority to impose a $20 car tab fee. This will not affect the construction of the Duportail Bridge as construction is fully funded through other sources. It will, however, significantly impact funding for the Pavement Preservation Program and planned maintenance of city streets.
“These are policy-level decisions and City Council will be faced with the challenging task of deciding to scale back our Pavement Preservation Program, identify additional funding sources, or cut other City programs in order to fund the Pavement Preservation Program,” states Richland Mayor Bob Thompson. “Ultimately, passage of I-976 does impact the City budget and potentially reduces the level of service provided.”
As more information is made available, it will be shared on the City website at www.ci.richland.wa.us.