Levy to Move Seattle

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Updated April 2018

With direction from Mayor Durkan and her new executive team, we recently completed a comprehensive assessment of the Levy to Move Seattle delivery program. You can learn more about it on our blog, read the assessment report, and check out additional details below.

The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle

2016 Levy to Move Seattle Annual Report

Levy Oversight Committee 2016 Annual Report

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 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.

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 could 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.

We have summarized this process and key findings in a recent 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 will engage the Levy Oversight Committee, key stakeholders and the public at key milestones as the updated Levy to Move Seattle delivery plan is developed.

Milestone timeline, described below

April

  • Draft findings
  • Levy Oversight Committee meets

May

  • Key stakeholder engagement
  • Incorporate feedback
  • Levy Oversight Committee meets

June

  • Develop draft recommendations
  • Key stakeholder engagement and public comment period
  • Levy Oversight Committee meets
  • Incorporate feedback
  • Levy Oversight Committee meets

July

  • Finalize

During this time period, SDOT is to continue delivering projects.

If you would like to learn more or share input during the first phase of engagement in May, you can attend any of the following meetings or provide your comment on the draft assessment findings by email:

  • April 24, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
    Levy Oversight Committee Meeting
    Seattle City Hall, Room L280
  • May 2, 6 - 8 PM
    Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board
    Seattle City Hall, Room 370
  • May 9, 6 - 8 PM
    Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board
    Seattle City Hall, Room L280
  • May 22, 9:30 - 11:30 AM
    Freight Advisory Board
    Seattle City Hall, Room L280
  • May 23, 6 - 8 PM
    Transit Advisory Board
    Seattle City Hall, Room L280
  • May 24, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
    Levy Oversight Committee Meeting
    Seattle City Hall, Room L280
  • Email feedback to: elliot.helmbrecht@seattle.gov

Once the draft recommendations are developed, we’ll provide information on opportunities for public input so that you can submit your feedback before the delivery plan is finalized.

Background

In March 2015, Mayor Ed Murray introduced Move Seattle, his ten-year transportation vision that integrates our plans for transit, walking, biking, and freight. Move Seattle will help us meet current demands while working toward future needs as Seattle continues to grow. Move Seattle envisions a transportation system that contributes to a safe, interconnected, vibrant, affordable, and innovative city.

In March and April 2015, we reached out to communities across Seattle to get input on the draft proposal. In response to community feedback, we revised the proposal before submitting it to the Seattle City Council in May. After briefing the council's Select Committee on Transportation Funding in May and June, the Committee voted on several amendments, and voted to recommend the full council approve the package.

The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle replaces the voter-approved, nine-year levy transportation levy passed by voters in 2006, known as Bridging the Gap.

View a map of Bridging the Gap accomplishments.

Funding

The $930 million levy will be paid for through a property tax that will cost the median Seattle household (valued at $450,000) about $275 per year, for nine years. The Bridging the Gap levy that expired cost the median Seattle household about $130 per year.