What is the STF/STIF Advisory Committee?
In July 2020 the Senate Bill 1601 was passed during the First Special Session of the Oregon State Legislature and directed the consolidation of the Special Transportation Fund (STF)program with the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) program, by July 1, 2023. On September 16, 2020 the Hood River County Transportation District Board (HRCTD) Board made the decision to combine the STF and STIF Advisory committees to create the STF/ STIF Advisory Committee to align with the combining of the two programs.
The STF was created in 1985 by the Oregon Legislature and was originally funded with a $.01 per pack cigarette tax. In 1989, this tax was raised to $.02. Today, STF is funded by cigarette tax revenue, as well as excess revenue earned from sales of photo ID cards and other funds from ODOT or as directed by the Legislature. The Legislature intended that STF funds be used to provide transportation services needed to access health, education, work, social, and recreational opportunities so that seniors and people with disabilities may live as independently and productively as possible. Hood River County has received about $67,000/year in STF formula funds and has typically received some funding each year for capital and other projects.
Section 122 of House Bill 2017* provides statewide funding for public transportation service from a payroll tax of one-tenth of one percent on wages paid to employees. Proceeds from the payroll tax are deposited into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF). The STIF Formula Fund is intended to expand and improve public transportation services for current
and future transit users.
The purpose of the Committee is to:
- Assist the Hood River County Transportation District on matters that pertain to the needs of individuals and persons with disabilities and seniors in Hood River County, to encourage and promote services that meet those needs, and to advocate for a range of services that directly affect the welfare of those who desire or require those services.
- Assist the Board in tasks and duties supporting local and regional transportation services funded through the State Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) and allocated to Hood River County Transportation District, for distribution to Public Transportation Service Providers within and adjacent to Hood River County.
The Advisory Committee defines the poverty rate threshold for Hood River County as Census block groups within the County that have 30% or more of households with an income level that is 200% or less of the federal poverty standards.
Bylaws Adopted 1.20.2021
STF/STIF Advisory Committee Members
The Advisory Committee has a minimum of five (5) members to a maximum of seven (7) members (not including HRCTD Board Members) to represent Hood River County, ensuring that all of Hood River County is represented. Each member is appointed by the HRCTD Board for a period of three (3) years. The Advisory Committee meets a minimum of two (2) times per year but may meet more frequently to carry out the purposes of the committee.
The Board has also invited two individuals to serve as Ex-officio members of the Committee. Ex-officio members are allowed to participate in the Committee discussion and weigh in on the project list – but they cannot vote:
Kathy Fitzpatrick – Mobility Manager, MCEDD
Jessica Metta – Executive Director, MCEDD
|Kevin Liburdy||City of Hood River||Jurisdictional||August 2018 – June 2021|
|Jeff Hecksel||Hood River County||Jurisdictional||August 2018 – June 2021|
|Leticia Valle Moretti||CAT Board Member||Latino, Low-Income, Environmental & Public Transit Provider Representative||August 2018 – June 2021|
|Rachelle Begay||Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission||Native American Representative||August 2018 – June 2021|
|Bridget Bailey||CAT Board Member||Public Transit Provider||August 2020 – June 2023|
|Britta Wilson||Volunteers In Action, Aging in the Gorge||Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities||August 2018 – June 2021|
|Donald Benefield||Hood River Valley School District||Youth Representative||August 2018 – June 2021|
|Rita Rathkey||Opportunity Connections||Low-Income & Individuals with Disabilities||August 2018 – June 2021|
|Lexi Stickel||Medicare Transportation Provider||CCO & Low-Income Individuals||August 2020 – June 2023|
|Currently Open||Rider||Disability Advocate||August 2020 – June 2023|
If you are interested in becoming a Advisory Committee member please contact Amy Schlappi at (541)978-8066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 11th, 2020
Purpose: Discuss the Hood River County Coordinated Transportation Plan and to review the feedback collected from the community and discuss what the general priorities for staff should be.
October 12, 2020
Purpose: Discuss the Hood River County Coordinated Transportation Plan and review the draft strategies to address the priorities identified in the 1st meeting.
December 4, 2020
Purpose: Confirmation of the STIF Discretionary & Statewide Network Funding Projects and the poverty threshold for Hood River County, reviewing available STIF Project Formula Funds, and discussing potential STIF Projects for FY21-23 Biennium. Additionally, the group reviewed how the District plans to fund priorities identified in the Coordinated Transportation Plan including using FY21-23 Biennium STF Funds to maintain DAR service.