Transportation User Fee
The Taylor City Council made a decision on Feb. 11, 2016 to address the City’s street repair and maintenance challenges by approving a Transportation User Fee ordinance that will go into effect beginning June 1, 2016 for residents and businesses located inside the city limits.
The TUF is structured in separate flat rates for commercial and residential units within the City limits. The assessed fee for residential units will be $8 a month and for commercial units will be based on a five tier structure ranging from $25 to $133 based on size and trip generation factors.
The TUF establishes a dedicated revenue source in which the money raised can only be used for street repair, reconstruction and maintenance as well as sidewalk maintenance. The projected revenue that will be generated from the TUF is estimated to be more than approximately $700,000 annually.
A residential rate in the TUF will be assessed on utility bills at $8 per residential unit for those residing within the City limits of Taylor.
Commercial rates for businesses will vary based on monthly trip generation rates, land use and square footage, which is derived from the Transportation Engineers Trip Generation Manual, 9th Edition and data from the Williamson County Appraisal District to establish categories for commercial parcels. Businesses in those categories fall into one of six tiers with the following rate structure.
- Tier 1 - $25
- Tier 2 - $33
- Tier 3 - $50
- Tier 4 - $67
- Tier 5 - $84
- Tier 6 - $133
The City of Taylor City Council will periodically review the approved ordinance and TUF every three years.
Due to the amount of roads in need of maintenance, repair and reconstruction in Taylor, more than 59 miles, road/project prioritization will take time to establish and is not currently available. City staff will be working diligently to produce a street reconstruction and maintenance project list that will be included in the Capital Improvements Project program and reviewed annual as a part of the budget development process.
The City is committed to seeking additional funding options to offset costs for street and sidewalk repair, rehabilitation and maintenance and will continue to visit options, to include grants, general fund resources, sales tax reallocation and review of in-house public works contracts to address these needs.