Loading...
RES3777CITY OF RENTON,WASIDNGTON RESOLUTION NO.3777 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RENTON, WASHINGTON,STATING ITS OPPOSmON TO WASHINGTON INITIATIVE 912,WIDCH WOULD REPEAL THE 91/2 CENT MOTOR VEIDCLE FUEL TAX (GAS TAX)RATE INCREASE,ENACTED BY THE WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE DURING THE 2005 LEGISLATIVE SESSION,FOR STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC SAFETY PURPOSES,AND URGING VOTERS TO VOTE "NO" ON TIDS INITIATIVE ON NOVEMBER 8,2005. WHEREAS,throughout the Puget Sound area,and in Renton in particular,congestion is a serious public safety,economic and quality-of-life problem;and WHEREAS,Interstate 405 and State Routes 167,169,515,and 900 all pass through Renton,bringing more than 350,000 vehicles a day through the City;and WHEREAS,many organizations,including the Washington Alliance for a Competitive Economy,the Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation,and fonner Governor Locke's Competitiveness Council,have all identified transportation as a critical issue for Washington state, and have called for the state to increase its investment in transportation infrastlUcture;and WHEREAS,in response to this need,the Washington State Legislature took an important step forward and enacted the 2005 Transportation Partnership Funding Package,which included a 9 1/2 cent per gallon motor vehicle fuel tax (gas tax)rate increase,ofwhich three cents took effect in July,2005,and additional increases that would take effect over the next three years; and WHEREAS,Renton has a pressing need for highway and local road projects,and congestion relief will only occur by completing roadway expansion;and 1 RESOLUTION NO.3777 WHEREAS,according to the Secretary of State,the gas tax increase would provide $4.4 billion plus $1 billion in proposed bond proceeds for 265 transportation projects throughout the state.Additionally,this plan distributes $562 million for improvements to the arterial streets and other transportation infrastructure managed by local governments;and WHEREAS,Washington Initiative 912 (1-912),which would repeal the gas tax increase enacted by the Washington State Legislature,has been certified for the November 8,2005 General Election ballot;and WHEREAS,approval ofI-912 would end funding from the gas tax increase for scheduled projects vital to the well-being ofRenton citizens and businesses,including funding for the Small City Pavement program,Safe Routes to Schools program,Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety program,and the Freight Mobility Safety Investment Board;and WHEREAS,in and around Renton,the gas tax increase would have provided funding for further improvements to 1-405,including the construction of an additional northbound lane from 167 to Maple Valley Highway,construction of one northbound and one southbound lane from NE 44th Street to 112th Ave SE,the addition of a northbound and southbound lane from Interstate 5 to State Route 181,construction of a new on-ramp to the north and off-ramp from the north at State Route 515,and the construction ofan additional southbound lane from 1-405 to 41st Street, and without this funding,these project will be delayed,and possibly not built;and WHEREAS,locally,the estimated new fuel tax revenue to the City of Renton over six years is approximately $1.3 million and would provide partial funding to the SW 27th Street project,improvements to Hardie Avenue SW and Rainier Avenue South,and improvements along the NE 3rd and NE 4th Corridor;and 2 RESOLUTION NO.3777 WHEREAS,the people ofRenton have repeatedly expressed support for funding local transportation improvements;and WHEREAS,approval ofI-912 would negatively affect all corners of the state of Washington,reducing or eliminating funding for over 265 transportation projects;and WHEREAS,approval ofI-912 would have an enormous adverse economic impact on the state ofWashington by eliminating,or preventing the creation of,thousands ofdirect and indirect jobs associated with transportation projects;and WHEREAS,approval ofI-912 would seriously harm the state ofWashington's ability to maintain its aging transportation infrastructure,putting at risk the health and safety of millions of residents; NOW,THEREFORE,THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RENTON, WASIDNGTON,DOES RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS: SECTIONL SECTIONll. The above findings are true and correct in aU respects. The City Council declares its opposition to Washington Initiative 912,and urges voters to vote "no"on the initiative at the November 8,2005 General Election. PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL this 17th day of__o;:;..c::..;t:::..::o=b:..=e=r_----',2005. Bonnie I.Walton,City Clerk 3 RESOLUTION NO.3777 APPROVED BY THE MAYOR this 17th day of o_c_t_o_b_er --',2005. Approved as to form: ~~ RES.1137:1O/17/05:ma 4 ,'. \.IC61·'~'··'" '-.,),•f'•••......~!"", ,-'I '.,/.~/.~.".:~\. Q;:,,«':0:~'.I •,:'..•~.~.-.....:0·.II"'::~-•••,,).;'",,'t:-.:- ..til ••.fI ~'W'.../,.,..... "--.\l(--.•...••