Bellingham Transportation District Sales Tax Addition (November 2010)

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A Bellingham Transportation District Sales Tax Addition measure was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the city of Bellingham, which is in Whatcom County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 18,013 (58.41%)Approveda
  • NO 12,826 (41.59%)[1]

This measure sought to add a sales tax addition of .2 percent for those in the newly formed transportation district in the city in order to help pay for funding of the district. The tax increase will be in place for a further ten years and will be used for various transportation upgrades as needed by the district.[2] The transportation district was created on June 21 and council members then set to deciding how to fund the district. Other ideas were brought up in meetings, but an increase in the sales tax won the popular vote. City officials expect around $3.8 million a year to be generated from this sales tax increase.[3] The Mayor stated that adding this tax now would better help residents in the long run, though opponents noted that money from other areas could be cut and taxes would not need to be raised. It is estimated that $4 million a year will be generated from this tax addition.[4]

An informational meeting was held in order to inform residents about the measure and help gain support for the tax addition.[5]