When the state gas tax was enacted in 1923, there was enough money to cover both corrective maintenance and Pavement Preservation. However, due to stagnant state and federal funding, a 500% increase in the price of asphalt (asphalt is a mix of oil and gravel), and more cars using less gallons, state gas tax only covers a portion of Sonoma County’s corrective maintenance, and leaves no funding for Pavement Preservation.
The Board of Supervisors (Board) recognizes that our infrastructure is an important investment, and has increased the amount of funds dedicated towards Pavement Preservation over the last few years. In 2015 the Board created an ongoing annual allotment of $11.5 Million for Pavement Preservation in the County budget.
This is more General Fund money for Pavement Preservation than any other County in California.