In 2001 the citizens of Stillwater authorized a Half-Cent Transportation Sales Tax and have reauthorized the tax twice with the current expiration date occurring in 2026.
The fund allows the City to address transportation issues by providing funding for planning, design and construction for projects that improve mobility, such as streets, traffic signal systems, sidewalks, bridges and bikeways. Currently, the Half-Cent Transportation Sales Tax generates approximately $4 million annually.
Many cities choose to collect transportation funds through sales tax because approximately a third of the money is paid by non-residents – people who drive into our community to work, visit and shop.
Street projects make up a majority of the Transportation Improvement Fund’s expenditures and include improvements to existing arterial and residential streets, sidewalks, alleyways, screening walls, traffic signals and signs, and guardrails.