Levy to Move Seattle

Updated: December 6, 2018

What’s happening now?

With direction from Mayor Durkan and her new executive team, we recently completed a comprehensive assessment of the Levy to Move Seattle delivery program. On November 29, 2018, we published an Updated Levy Workplan. You can learn more about it on our blog, read the updated workplan, and review Levy Oversight Committee meeting materials.

The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle

Levy Assessment

With direction from Mayor Durkan and her new executive team, SDOT completed a comprehensive assessment of the Levy to Move Seattle delivery program after two years of implementation. By evaluating the Levy now, we were able to thoroughly review expenditures to date, expected costs for future projects, and updated assumptions for local, regional, and federal grant and partnership opportunities that we did not have back in 2015.

The assessment included a review of original levy commitments; an evaluation of the scope, schedule, cost and funding assumptions for each levy commitment; and a consideration of program management strategies recommended by CDM Smith, a third-party consultant, to improve project delivery. Throughout this time period, SDOT has continued delivering projects.

We summarized this process and key findings in a blog post. You can also read the Move Seattle Levy Work Plan Assessment Report.

The assessment highlighted two key findings:

  • Parts of the original program need further review and adjustment (specific findings for sub-programs in report linked above)
  • Ongoing investment is needed in program management structure, systems and tools

SDOT engaged the Levy Oversight Committee, key stakeholders and the public at key milestones during the Levy to Move Seattle Assessment and development of the Updated Levy Workplan.

June - September

  • Levy Oversight Committee and modal boards met
  • SDOT shared data with modal advisory boards and Levy Oversight Committee to help inform their draft recommendations
  • August 23: SDOT shared proposed next steps within available funding or 8 subprograms with Levy Oversight Committee
  • End of September: Mayor submitteds budget proposal to Council

October - November

  • October 4: SDOT provided update on program management structure, systems, and tools for delivering levy projects and 2019 budget overview
  • November 29: SDOT published Q3 Finance Report and Updated Levy Workplan
  • Budget process continued

December

  • December 1: SDOT provided annual report and Updated Levy Workplan to City Council, per Resolution 31830

Ongoing

  • Review workplan progress through quarterly and annual reports

If you would like to learn more, you can attend a Levy Oversight Committee meeting or provide comment by email: MoveSeattle@seattle.gov

Background

Approved by voters in November 2015, the 9-year, $930 million Levy to Move Seattle provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city.

The levy provides roughly 30% of the City's transportation budget and replaces the 9-year, $365 million Bridging the Gap levy approved by voters in 2006.

The levy aims to take care of the basics, while also investing in the future with improvements to move more people and goods in and around a growing Seattle. An oversight committee made up of Seattle residents, appointed by the Mayor and City Council, will monitor levy expenses and revenues, review program and project priorities, and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on how to spend levy proceeds.