A new $20 annual car tab fee for Anacortes residents designed to help fund better street maintenance probably won’t go into effect until February of next year, according to the city’s Public Works Director.
The newly-constituted Anacortes Transportation Benefit District Board, made up of the Mayor and City Council, deferred approval of the car tab fee until next month, perhaps as early as Sept. 16, at the request of Public Works Director Fred Buckenmeyer, who also said the soonest the fee could go into effect would probably not be until next February.
Buckenmeyer Monday night told the new TBD Board that the city hasn’t secured insurance for the TBD Board yet. He said the matter is before the city’s insurer, but their full Board won’t meet until next month. He suggested that the city wait until insurance was in place before taking any action on the proposed $20 car tab fee.
Then, Buckenmeyer said, the state Department of Licensing would take about six months to act.
Meanwhile, the TBD Board approved a resolution which sets quarterly meetings, to be scheduled in conjunction with City Council meetings.
The TBD Board also approved an inter local agreement with the city to allow city staff to support the Board at no cost to the Board. When asked how much in expenses the Board was expected to incur, Buckenmeyr said he estimates it to be in the range of several-thousand dollars a year.
The car tab fee is part of a $1.1-million dollar plan to upgrade city streets. The plan includes about $300,000 from the car tab fee, $200,000 from the utility tax, $200,000 in general tax revenue, $250,000 in Real Estate Excise Tax revenue, and $150,000 from funds compensating the city for heavy truck traffic in connection with the delivery of so-called prilled sulfur to the Port.