Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland says she will use her State of the City speech Wednesday to announce a new ballot measure to pay for the city’s pothole-pocked streets.
Strickland wouldn’t give any details about her proposal ahead of the speech, which she will deliver at 11:30 a.m. during a luncheon at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.
Titled “Tacoma Rising,” Strickland’s address will focus on education, regional transportation, international trade and how the city can better use its broadband Internet as an equalizer.
Strickland said Tuesday that she hadn’t yet decided if her speech will reveal a dollar figure for the street-repair measure, which she said the city hopes to take to voters in November.
In 2013, the city advanced a proposal to pay for street improvements with a higher tax on utility earnings. Voters nixed the idea, with 57 percent voting no.
Some critics said the $11 million per year that the measure would have raised would have done little to improve the state of residential streets. City staffers have recently estimated it would cost $500 million to fix all residential streets in poor or failed condition, with earlier estimates at $800 million to fix all city streets.
Tickets to the State of the City address are $50 at the door. It will not be aired live on television, but Twitter users can follow the hashtag #SOTC253 for updates.