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Transportation Benefit District disbanded

Council to have public hearing

— The Transportation Benefit District established in 2011 was disbanded last night.

The Transportation Benefit District was established to collect funds for improvements to the city’s roadways. Motorists pay an extra $20 when they renew their motor vehicle registration.

Although the Transportation Benefit District was disbanded, the City Council will absorb the responsibilities, rights and powers of the board.

That is because of Second Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5987, which took effect this past July.

The bill gives the City Council the ability to absorb the Transportation Benefit District. The bill also increases the maximum amount collected from license tabs, without voter approval, from $20 to $40.

The fee in Grandview, at this time, will remain at $20, City Administrator Cus Arteaga said.

He said the board of the Transportation Benefit District has been made up of City Council members. The chairperson has been one of the council members, instead of the mayor.

By absorbing the Transportation Benefit District, the board will look the same, but insurance will be reduced because there won’t be a separate insurance cost for the Transportation Benefit District.

During the City Council’s Monday meeting, a public hearing concerning the council’s intent to assume the rights, powers, functions and obligations of the Transportation Benefit District was set for Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the council’s next regular meeting.

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