Levy to Move Seattle

Updated: December 22, 2020

What’s happening now?

Completing a 2020 COVID-19 Impact Assessment of the Levy to Move Seattle

We're halfway through the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle that voters approved in 2015! Some of the more recent projects delivered thanks to your tax dollars include the 4th Ave Mobility ProjectLander St BridgeNE 65th St Vision Zero Project, and SW Avalon Way Paving

While incredible progress has been made, the COVID-19 global pandemic and resulting national recession caused many revenue streams the City relies on to decline. We anticipate that trend  to continue into 2021. These COVID-19-induced impacts have led us to create a thoughtful framework to assess how to refine that path forward for the Levy and your tax dollars.

In partnership with the Levy Oversight Committee, we decided to complete an evaluation called the 2020 COVID-19 Impact Assessment on the Levy to Move Seattle to ensure our decisions reflect core City and community values and that we deliver on what's most important to you. The COVID Assessment will be released in January, and we shared in this recent blog post the framework we created that informed that forthcoming report, findings, and recommendations. We strongly believe this type of comprehensive portfolio assessment is responsible and necessary to move forward in an equitable, transparent manner. 

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.

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. 

Delivering our 9-year commitments

We published an Updated Workplan Report in November 2018 and expect to share a Potfolio Status Update in late 2020 to forecast the delivery plan for the remaining four years of the Levy, including program delivery strategies and a funding outlook.