On Tuesday, November 10th, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved new one-time funding that will help build approximately 100 miles of new roads. Drawing from multiple sources within the general fund, the Board added $13.5 million, which will be combined with next year's annual general fund investment of $11.5 million, for a total of $25 million. This level of funding will result in about 100 miles of new road surface, which will be selected in 2016 and built in 2017. The Board also reinforced their commitment to stable, ongoing funding by indexing the annual general fund contribution toward road repair by up to 2% annually.
The additional funds come from a combination of sources in the general fund, including a total of $12.1 million from Teeter and various fund balances. Specifically, the Board dedicated fund balances from fees charged to offset the negative impacts of aggregate mining ($90,000) and waste hauling ($709,300); funds collected to offset impacts of cannabis farming ($213,200); and funds that had been set aside to incentivize local leveraging for special districts to match road funding ($357,400).
In addition to these sources, the Board will consider possible additional revenue in spring 2016, including Vehicle License Fees, revenue from the Transient Occupancy Tax (often referred to as hotel-bed tax revenue), and general obligation bonds. Additionally the Board will consider a possible increase to aggregate mitigation fees and other heavy vehicles.
In California, 19 of 58 counties invest general fund money into roads, with Sonoma County dedicating the most funds to roads out of all California counties, according to a report from the State Controller’s Office. Sonoma County contributes ongoing funds for pavement preservation (rebuilding roads at the end of their life and treatments to extend pavement life), and corrective maintenance (pot holing, signals, signage, etc.).
To view more information on the Pavement Preservation Program please visit http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Pavement-Preservation/