Transportation User Fee (TUF)
The Borger City Council held a strategic vision session in 2018 which lead to the development of a new Mission and Vision for the City of Borger along with several Strategic Pillars to guide the City of Borger’s development. Based on community feedback, street improvements received high priority in the Council’s discussions.
The City of Borger has been able to budget $150,000 to $300,000 per year for roadway maintenance with an entire Street & Alley Maintenance budget ranging between $750,000 to $1,200,000 per year depending on the amount authorized for seal coating programs. The need to maintain a fair, equitable and consistent funding stream became clear and after discussion, Pillar #5 – Infrastructure, included a milestone of creating a Transportation User Fee (TUF) and a possible bond election for street projects to improve street conditions.
Increasing revenue was only one part of the problem. Before the City increased spending on the transportation system, Council wanted data to help support and prioritize which roadways were selected for repairs and what repair method was used. In additional to begging traffic counts for each block in the City, a street assessment on a representative section of roadways was completed to ensure that future decisions could be based on actual condition and cost estimates. This information further supported the need for a TUF to increase maintenance and improvement of Borger’s transportation infrastructure.
Transportation User Fees (TUFs) are applied to the utility bill of customers located within the City Limits. TUF’s use a trip generation factor to classify customers into a rate category. Residential and low volume businesses generally receive a fixed flat rate category while other businesses and commercial operations receive a category based on their trip generation rate. Considering that a single-family residence normally only has one or two cars while a large box store parking lot attracts 100’s of cars per hour, a fee based on use produces a more equitable method of paying for the system. Since the box stores receives a greater benefit from the transportation system and causes more demand and wear and tear on the transportation system, they should pay a higher amount for improvement and maintenance.
- What is a Transportation User Fee (TUF)?
- Why does Borger need a TUF?
- What will the money be used for?
- When will the TUF be implemented?
- How long will the TUF be in place?
- How do you classify my business?
- What are the current rates for the TUF?
- How will I know when my street will be repaired?
- What did the Council do to offset the cost of the new fee?
Trip Generation Categories and Rates
|Transportation User Fee|
|Trip Generation Rate - ITE 9th Edition|
|Class #||Category||Trip Factor||Units||Description|
|1||Auto Part/Service/Wash||4.46||1,000 SF||Quick Lube, Car Wash, Auto Parts Sales, Auto Repair|
|2||Bank||12.13||1,000 SF||Walk-in or Drive-up bank|
|3||Building Materials||4.49||1,000 SF||Lumber yard, Hardware/Paint Store, Nursery|
|4||Car Sales||2.62||1,000 SF||New and Used Car Sales|
|5||Convenience Market||34.57||1,000 SF||Convenience store with and with out pumps and Gasoline/Service Station|
|6||Day Care||12.46||1,000 SF||Day cars with less than 50 students|
|7||Fast Food||26.15||1,000 SF||Fast Food with and without drive through, Donut Place with or without drive through.|
|8||General Office||1.49||1,000 SF||Single Tenant Office, Post Office, Business Park|
|9||General Retail||3.71||1,000 SF||Shopping Center, Apparel, Arts & Crafts, General Merch.|
|10||Hospital/Nursing Home||0.74||1,000 SF||Hospitals and Nursing Homes|
|11||Indoor Recreation||3.53||1,000 SF||Bowling Alley, Movie Theatre, Health/Fitness Club|
|12||Industrial||0.73||1,000 SF||General Light and Heavy Industry, Manufacturing, Utilities.|
|13||Large School/Day Car||0.2||per student||All schools with more than 50 students|
|14||Lodging||0.47||per room||Hotel, Motel|
|15||Medical Office||3.57||1,000 SF||Medical or Dental Office, Clinic, Veterinary Clinic|
|16||Restaurant||11.15||1,000 SF||Restaurant, Bar, Pup, Brewery|
|17||Salon||1.93||1,000 SF||Hair Salon / Barber Shop|
|18||Supermarket/Pharmacy||8.40||1,000 SF||Supermarket, grocery store, Drug store|
|19||Superstore||4.35||1,000 SF||Free-standing Discount Superstore|
|20||Warehousing||0.32||1,000 SF||Warehousing / Storage|
|21||Residential / Other||N/A||Flat Rate||Single Family, Multi Family, Churches and unoccupied buildings|
Rates are then used to determine the monthly fee for the customer.
|City of Borger, Texas|
|Transportation User Fee Schedule|
|Tier # / Type||Monthly Base Trip Lower Rate||Monthly Base Trip Higher Rate||Monthly Charge|
|Commercial||Flat Rate||Flat Rate|| $ 8.00|
|Tier I||0||9||$ 25.00|
|Tier II||9||15||$ 40.00|
|Tier III||15||50||$ 55.00|
|Tier IV||50||150||$ 70.00|
|Tier V||150||349||$ 150.00|
|Tier VI||350||$ 400.00|
|Residential||Flat Rate||Flat Rate||$ 6.00|