A Local Improvement District (LID) provides a way for property owners to get together to pay for street and alley paving, sanitary sewers, street lighting or underground wiring. Property owners agree to form LIDs when the benefits from the improvements outweigh the costs. Benefits include added value to your property and improvements to your neighborhood. You pay an amount proportional to the benefits you receive for each property you own.
An LID is a financial instrument that provides a long-term payment plan, with relatively low interest rates, which allows property owners to upgrade various infrastructure in their neighborhood. Such improvements may include: permanent street and alley paving; streetlight installation; sanitary sewer extensions; and the undergrounding of overhead utility wires in view-sensitive areas.
Tacoma created its first LID in 1895 to pave a section of Pacific Avenue.
The Tacoma City Council approved ordinance 27475 on April 18, 2006 which created Local Improvement District 8645. The time to protest the LID expired on May 18, 2006 and legal challenges to the validity to form the LID or the proceedings of the LID expired on June 17, 2006.
The project upgrades include, but are not limited to:
- reconstruction, repair and renewal of sidewalks
- ornamental street lighting and landscaping (renewing of shade trees, ornamental trees and shrubbery
- construction of surface water, wastewater and water main utility replacement
For more information, visit www.cityoftacoma.org