Seattle City Council approves Seattle Transportation Implementation Review Panel

Councilmember Nick Licata

Seattle City Council approves Seattle Transportation Implementation Review Panel
Panel will be in place to oversee possible Vehicle License Fee funds

Seattle – Today, Seattle City Council unanimously passed Resolution 31330 creating the Seattle Transportation Implementation Review Panel (STIRP). This panel will oversee the spending of funds raised by the Vehicle License Fee, should voters approve Proposition 1. They will also monitor program and project implementation related to the Seattle Transportation Benefit District. Councilmember Nick Licata, the sponsor of the resolution, issued the following statement:

"I introduced and the Council passed this legislation because the prospective funds raised by the Vehicle License Fee should be directed to serve those who are most reliant on a strong city-wide transit system. This legislation is designed to reach that objective as it creates a citizen oversight committee that the Seattle Department of Transportation would be required to notify if it plans to propose changes of 5 percent or more to the figures listed in the annual spending plan. The STIRP can make recommendations to the City Council, including requesting that the Council hold a public hearing or briefing."

The STIRP would include six members appointed by the City Neighborhood Council to represent the geographic regions of the City. To provide transportation expertise, it would include six members appointed by the Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee, including representation from the City’s transportation-related oversight committees, and one member the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities. One member would be appointed by the Seattle Office of Civil Rights to assure that the City’s Race and Social Justice objectives are pursued.

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