Levy to Move Seattle

Updated: April 23, 2019

What’s happening now?

SDOT crews and contractors are working hard on 2019 planned accomplishments and are also wrapping up projects that carried forward from last year.

We're committed to transparency and accountability and will publish quarterly progress reports on the Levy materials webpage on April 30, July 30, and October 30. We also meet monthly with the Levy Oversight Committee and you can review Levy Oversight Committee meeting materials to track our ongoing work with the Committee.

We completed a comprehensive assessment of the Levy last year, at the Direction of Mayor Durkan and her new administration. Read the Updated Levy Workplan Report to see our delivery plan for all levy programs.

The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle

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.

Keeping track of Levy progress

SDOT is committed to clear and transparent reporting on transportation projects funded in part or in full by the Levy to Move Seattle. Levy reports are important tools for the Oversight Committee and general public to monitor Levy progress. 

Early each year, we identify Planned Accomplishments and Spend Plan for that year and report our progress against those goals through quarterly reports published on April 30, July 30, and October 30. Annual reports are published March 30 of the following year and illustrate overall Levy progress. These reports help keep us accountable to the Updated Workplan Report (published November 2018).

All Levy reports and other documents can be found on the materials page. 

2018 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 re-evaluating the Levy in 2018, 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. 

The assessment highlighted two key findings (also summarized in an April 2018 SDOT blog post):

  1. Parts of the original program need further review and adjustment (specific findings for sub-programs in report linked above)
  2. 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 2018
    • Levy Oversight Committee and modal boards met
    • SDOT shared data with modal advisory boards and the Levy Oversight Committee to help inform their draft recommendations
    • August 23 Levy Oversight Committee meeting: SDOT shared proposed next steps within available funding for eight programs 
    • End of September: Mayor submitted budget proposal to Council
  • October-November 2018
    • October 4 Levy Oversight Committee meeting: SDOT provided update on program management sturcture, systems, and tools for delivering Levy projects; 2019 budget overview
    • November 29: SDOT published Updated Levy Workplan; SDOT published Q3 Levy Report
    • Budget process continued
  • December 2018
    • December 1: SDOT provided Updated Levy Workplan to City Council, per Resolution 31830
  • Ongoing: Review workplan progress through quarterly and annual reports