The City Council approved Resolution 2018-29 at its September 25 meeting that provides details of how the community will be involved in making decisions on the use of funds from the SAFE Mobility Levy (Proposition No. 1) should it be approved by voters during the November election.
If the SAFE Mobility Levy passes, the Council will appoint a SAFE Mobility Project Selection Committee and it will consist of the following members:
-3 City Council Representatives
-2 Bainbridge Island School District Representatives
-2 Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District Representatives
-2 Multi-modal Transportation Advisory Committee Representatives
-5 Community Representatives residing in the North Ward
-5 Community Representatives residing in the Central Ward
-5 Community Representatives residing in the South Ward
During the process, a consultant will be hired to design and facilitate a series of community meetings with the Committee. The purpose of the community meetings will be to provide background information on past work of the City and the Multi-modal Transportation Advisory Committee (MTAC), to obtain community input, and to discuss priority projects. Following the community meetings, the Committee will meet to identify and prioritize projects to be recommended to the City Council.
The SAFE Mobility Levy is a $15 million levy for non-motorized improvement projects and is designed to provide safe access for everyone on the Island— from pedestrians and wheelchair users to bicyclists and cars.
In July, the City Council approved Resolution 2018-21 that explains how the funds raised by the ballot measure will be used (if approved) and how the public will be involved in making decisions on specific projects. The Resolution states that 45% of the funding will be used for shoulder improvements, 30% will be used for safe routes to schools and trails, 15% would be for pedestrian improvements in the Winslow core and 10% would be set aside for additional non-motorized opportunities.
The levy lid lift will raise $15 million over seven years to pay for the non-motorized transportation projects. The estimated increase to the property tax rate is 28 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The owner of a $660,000 home (median home value on Bainbridge Island) would pay an additional $185 in property taxes per year during a seven-year period.
During the City Council meeting on September 25, the Council also unanimously approved Resolution 2018-26, which states the Council's support of Proposition No. 1 on the November ballot.
The City is hosting a workshop to inform the community about the SAFE Mobility Levy on Thursday, October 11. The workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. and is being held at Island Center Hall. Please check the SAFE Mobility Levy website for additional outreach plans.
Resolution 2018-29: http://apps.bainbridgewa.gov/weblink8/0/doc/76000/Electronic.aspx
Resolution 2018-21: http://apps.bainbridgewa.gov/weblink8/0/doc/75597/Electronic.aspx
Resolution 2018-26: http://apps.bainbridgewa.gov/weblink8/0/doc/75999/Electronic.aspx
SAFE Mobility Levy Website: https://bainbridgesafemobilitylevy.participate.online/