Aberdeen City Council approves vote on transportation improvement tax hike

Aberdeen residents will vote on whether to approve a tax increase for the Transportation Improvement Fund in a special election in February.

The Aberdeen City Council unanimously approved a resolution to add the increased tax at last week’s council meeting, meaning city residents will vote on the issue during a special election on Feb. 12. To pass the tax increase, it would require a simple majority of over 50 percent approval.

If it’s approved, the tax would go up from 13 cents to 18 cents for every $100 of taxable goods. It would also extend the length of time the tax would be charged for 10 more years starting after the current tax expires in July 2019.

According to a report from the city’s Public Works Department, the expansion would increase the number of street improvement projects in those 10 years by 38 percent.