Record No: Res 32013    Version: 1 Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 8/9/2021
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION to initiate a 15th Avenue East Business Improvement Area.
Sponsors: Tammy J. Morales
Attachments: 1. Ex A – 15th Avenue East Business Improvement Area
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Signed Resolution 32013, 3. Affidavit of Publication
Related files: CB 120162


RESOLUTION __________________


A RESOLUTION to initiate a 15th Avenue East Business Improvement Area.


WHEREAS, the owners and operators of commercial properties, multi-family residential, and mixed-used properties that are subject to 65 percent of the special assessments that would be assessed upon the establishment of a Business Improvement Area filed a petition with The City of Seattle pursuant to chapter 35.87A RCW, and said petition is filed in Clerk File ----322031; and

WHEREAS, the City Council has reviewed the petition and letters of support, and determined it is in the best interests of the City to proceed, as permitted by chapter 35.87A RCW, under the resolution method of creating a Business Improvement Area instead of the petition method; NOW, THEREFORE,


Section 1. The City Council of The City of Seattle declares its intention to establish a 15th Avenue East Business Improvement Area (“15th Ave BIA”) in accordance with chapter 35.87A RCW.

Section 2. Area established. The 15th Ave BIA shall be within the following boundaries as shown on the map attached as Exhibit A to this resolution and described in this section. When a street or alley is named, the area boundary is the centerline of the right-of-way including vacated portions unless otherwise specified in the description:

• Beginning at the northern-most intersection of East Mercer Street and 15th Avenue East, proceed south to East Denny Way, including all parcels adjoining the east and west sides of 15th Avenue East and excluding parcels south of East Denny Way.

• Beginning at the intersection of East Thomas Street and 16th Avenue East, proceed south to the intersection of 16th Avenue East and East Denny Way, including parcels adjoining the west side of 16th Avenue East.

• Beginning at the intersection of East John Street and 15th Avenue East, proceed west to 14th Avenue East, including all parcels adjoining on the north side.

• Beginning at the intersection of East John Street and 14th Avenue East, proceed north to East Thomas Street, including the parcel adjoining on the east side of 14th Avenue East.

In case of a conflict between the descriptions of the areas and the map, the descriptions shall control.

Section 3. Programs. Special assessment revenues shall be used for the following component programs:

A. Neighborhood beautification within the Business Improvement Area;

B. Street festival within the Business Improvement Area;

C. Program management and advocacy; and

D. Graffiti removal and cleaning.

All such activities are supplemental to street maintenance and law enforcement provided by the City and are not intended to displace any services regularly provided by municipal government. 

Section 4. There shall be an advisory board whose membership is comprised of ratepayers representative of the entire geography and variety of sizes in the 15th Ave BIA, and businesses and tenants from within the 15th Ave BIA. The composition of the Board shall be representative of the varying sizes and types of property owners, residents, and business tenants, within the geographic area of the 15th Ave BIA.

Section 5. To finance the programs authorized in Section 3 of this resolution, there is proposed a seven-year special assessment to be levied upon and collected from the owners of commercial property, multi-family residential property (buildings containing four or more residential units), and mixed-use property (multi-family residential and commercial) located within the boundaries of the 15th Ave BIA described in Section 2 of this resolution. Initial assessment calculations will be based on property information from the King County Assessor’s Office for Tax Year 2021. The 15th Ave BIA shall annually update records based on data and information from King County and the City. Ratepayers shall be assessed by the City in seven annual installments to be billed semi-annually beginning in the year of the authorization (2022), by applying the following an assessment rates to each ratepayer:

A.  First Year Assessment = ($0.15 per Lot Square Footage) + ($0.10 per $1000 of total assessable value). This calculation is called the “Base Formula.”

B. For each year following the first year of authorization, the assessment rates shall be adjusted by an Inflationary Factor applied to each of the assessment rates after the first year assessment. The Inflationary Factor will be the lesser of three percent per year or the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (CPI-U-Seattle), as published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (available at:, between September 2022 and September of the year prior to the assessment year.

C. “New Benefit Areas” shall be added to the assessment roll on an annual basis, and will supersede the previous assessment for that parcel. A New Benefit Area is created when a parcel’s Net Building Square Footage increases as a result of either a new building or significant expansion of an existing building, as recorded by the King County Assessor’s Office. The formula for a New Benefit Area will be calculated using the new King County Assessor’s values in the Base Formula multiplied by the annual CPI Factor in effect. New BIA assessments will be billed at the next regularly scheduled billing period established by the Department of Finance and Administrative Services.

E. Rate changes. Changes in assessment rates other than as described in this section shall only be authorized by ordinance consistent with RCW 35.87A.140 and with the approval of the BIA Advisory Board and shall not occur more than one time per year.


Adopted by the City Council the ________ day of _________________________, 2021, and signed by me in open session in authentication of its adoption this ________ day of _________________________, 2021.



President ____________ of the City Council


The Mayor concurred the ________ day of _________________________, 2021.



Jenny A. Durkan, Mayor


Filed by me this ________ day of _________________________, 2021.



Monica Martinez Simmons, City Clerk



Exhibit A - 15th Avenue East Business Improvement Area