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RESOLUTION NO.

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A resolution regarding support for a ballot proposition for the general election of
2016 for the purposes of funding the Central City Line and other Spokane Transit
Authority projects in the Moving Forward Plan within the city limits, either through an
area-wide measure or by means of the existing City of Spokane Transportation Benefit
District.
WHEREAS, Spokane Transit Authority (STA) provides a critical service to the
citizens within the Spokane County Public Transportation Benefit Area (PTBA), including
within the City Spokane, through public transportation services that research has shown
mitigates traffic congestion and road maintenance costs, saves commuters money and
increases worker productivity due to time saved; and
WHERERAS, on December 18, 2014 the STA Board approved the Moving
Forward Plan, a comprehensive plan to improve and expand STA service; and
WHEREAS, the Moving Forward Plan has undergone extensive study and public
input and STA continues to conduct public outreach; and
WHEREAS, on the Special Election of April 28, 2015 among voters within the
PTBA, a local option sales measure entitled Spokane Transit Proposition No. 1
(Preservation and Improvement of Public Transit) narrowly failed but passed within the
City of Spokane by a margin of fifty-four percent to forty-six percent; and
WHEREAS, the City of Spokane is nearly fifty-two percent of the Public
Transportation Benefit Area population and nearly seventy-eight percent of total bus
riders; and
WHEREAS, the Moving Forward plan includes the Central City Line and twelve
other projects that would improve routes and services that operate within the City of
Spokane eighty percent of the time; and
WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Spokane believes it is crucial for the
long term economic health of our city and our county to be able to see these projects
and other Moving Forward projects come to fruition; and
WHEREAS, PTBA-wide transit service was reduced during the recent recession
and is now at lower levels than in 2009 despite population growth; and
WHEREAS; service must be restored and increased to keep our County
economically competitive; and

WHEREAS, November 2016 being a Presidential Election offers the best


opportunity to place a funding measure before the most number of voters in Spokane
and the PTBA; and
WHEREAS, the Spokane City Council prefers a PTBA-wide transit ballot
measure in November 2016 in order to fund improved public transportation throughout
the region, including projects within the City of Spokane; and
WHEREAS, public transportation services in Washington State are generally
funded through local-option sales taxes levied by PTBA authorities such as Spokane
Transit; and
WHEREAS, in addition to sales taxes that can be levied by PTBA authorities,
Washington State law (RCW 36.73) allows cities to establish Transportation Benefit
Districts (TBD) for the maintenance and improvement of transit by increasing sales tax
by a vote of the people; and
WHEREAS, if the STA board is does not support a 2016 ballot measure, the City
of Spokane will be compelled to consider advancing its own November 2016 ballot
measure; and
WHEREAS, Washington State law (RCW 36.73) allows cities to establish
Transportation Benefit Districts (TBD) for the maintenance and improvement of transit
by increasing sales tax; and
WHEREAS, Transportation Benefit Districts funding may be established by a
vote of the people through a ballot measure;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of
Spokane expresses support for an STA ballot measure in November 2016 general
election to increase transit PTBA-wide. Should a plan not coalesce around such a
measure, the City of Spokane will request the Spokane City Transportation Benefit
District plan for a transit ballot measure for the November 2016 ballot for increased
service inside the Spokane city limits in order to regain lost service, provide muchneeded new service such as the Central City Line, and in order to be competitive in a
global economy.
ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON __________________________.
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City Clerk

Approved as to form:
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Assistant City Attorney