Thurston

OLYMPIA — Thurston County staff will present funding options for a Thurston County Transportation Benefit District in November and county leaders want to hear public comment on it.

The options will be presented to the Transportation Benefit District Board.

The board is asking residents in unincorporated Thurston County, including urban growth areas, to share their opinions on funding mechanisms in writing by Oct. 31 for consideration at the board’s Nov. 20 meeting.

A phone survey is currently being conducted. The board asks residents to email their feedback to tctbd@co.thurston.wa.us by 5p.m. Oct. 31. 

In 2014, Thurston County created a the Transportation Benefit District that covers the county. It allows the county to collect fees or taxes to help implement transportation projects within the district’s boundaries. 

The goal is to invest revenue collected to improve Thurston County’s transportation network by making roads safer, maintaining the county’s current infrastructure, and updating technology, officials said. Improvements could include road repaving, traffic calming and adding flashing beacons at crosswalks.

For more information about the TBD, visit: https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/publicworks/tc_tbd/home.html.

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