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A complete sidewalk network to move pedestrians safely throughout the city has always been a focus for Shoreline and its residents. New funding sources in addition to grant-funded capital projects will move the City further along in the development of our sidewalk network.
Sales & Use Tax
In November 2018, Shoreline voters voted to approve a new sales and use tax for sidewalk improvements. Approval of the proposition increased the overall sales tax in Shoreline from 10% to 10.2% for a period of twenty years. Funds collected from the increased sales and use tax can only be used for constructing new sidewalks or repairing and maintaining existing sidewalks. The sales tax began April 1, 2019.
Vehicle License Fee
Recognizing the City needed a dedicated funding source to better address the repair and maintenance of existing sidewalks, City Council approved a $20 Vehicle License Fee in June 2018 to fund an ongoing sidewalk repair program. The VLF will generate approximately $830,000 a year to fund sidewalk repairs.
Due to voters passing Initiative-976 in November 2019, these fees are no longer being collected.
The City has been very successful in procuring grant funding for sidewalks and will continue to pursue grants for sidewalk projects, including the Safe Routes to School program.
The City Council has indicated a desire to continue to provide some General Fund support for Sidewalk Projects in the Roads Capital Fund. In the 2019-20 Budget the City committed to using just over $300,000 of General Fund Balance to support the Sidewalk Rehabilitation program. Council will re evaluate the demand for this support with each biennial budget process.