"Getting TUF on Our Streets"
TUF Fee Adjustment
Spending a little to save a lot
Our streets are like the siding of our houses. Not keeping up with repairs means it becomes more expensive the longer we wait. The cost to repair our current backlog of street maintenance projects is $7.5 million. Without additional funds, we will continue to fall behind and the cost will increase.
Delaying maintenance until a road is failing can cost four to five times more than performing timely preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance saves money and extends the life of our streets by almost 50 percent, a significant return on the public’s investment.
Getting ahead of the curve
In 2008, the City Council established the Transportation Utility Fee to help pay for street maintenance. It is a monthly user fee based on the use of the road system by residents, businesses, government agencies, schools, and non-profits. The fee is paid through the City’s utility bill along with water, sanitary sewer, and storm water fees.
In February 2015, the City Council adopted a stepped rate increase over the next five years that is intended to fully fund the City’s pavement management program. The increases will allow the City to gradually clear its current backlog of street maintenance projects by 2024 and bring most of our roadways in to a “good” rating.
Why is more money needed?
The City currently uses gas tax revenue and the Transportation Utility Fee to fund street maintenance. Since adopting the fee in 2008, pavement maintenance treatment costs have risen, on average, 40 percent and as high as 65 percent. During that time frame, the City increased the Transportation Utility Fee by four percent.
Additionally, gas tax revenues are determined by the number of gallons used not the costs per gallon. The increase in fuel efficient and alternative fuel cars use reduce the number of gallons used but still put wear and tear on the roads. Simply put, gas tax and the Transportation Utility Fee have not been keeping up with inflation and are not enough to fund our street maintenance program.
What the Transportation Utility Fee buys
Currently, gas tax revenues fund both our day to day operations (sign and striping maintenance, traffic signal maintenance, pot hole filling, etc) as well as our larger street maintenance program (crack sealing, asphalt replacement, slurry seals, etc). The additional money collected by the Transportation Utility Fee will allow the City to clear its backlog of street maintenance projects by 2024. A portion of the residential customer’s fee is also allocated to the construction of new sidewalks and bicycle paths.
Everyone, because we all benefit from well-maintained streets. Beginning on April 1, 2019 each residential unit will pay a flat fee of $8.79 per month (currently $8.16 per month). Apartment owners will be charged $7.91 per month (currently $7.34 per month) for every unit in the complex.
In most cases, businesses, government agencies, schools and non-profits will pay an amount based on the type of business and square footage of the business.
- TUF Fee Rates
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Capital Improvement Program
- Pavement Management Program
- TUF Final Report
- Residential Discount Waiver Program
Transportation Utility Fee