In the late hours of Thursday April 6th, the California Legislature passed SB1, which will begin to address the legacy of underfunded infrastructure in California.
SB1 will be phased in over a period of a few years, with new funds likely starting late in 2017. We appreciate your support and patience as we work to improve Sonoma County Roads.
What does this mean for Sonoma County?
SB1 will more than double the amount of State funding Sonoma County receives for roads, raising our total state revenue to about $23 Million when the bill is fully phased.
A Brief History on Road Funding
When the state gas tax was enacted in 1923, it raised enough money to cover both Corrective Maintenance (patching potholes, clearing culverts, etc) and Pavement Preservation (resurfacing roads). However, due to factors like stagnant funding and more cars using less gallons, the gas tax now only covers a portion of Corrective Maintenance, and leaves no funding for Pavement Preservation.
Last Fiscal Year, the State allocated about $10 Million for Sonoma County’s 1,380 miles of roads. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors supplements Corrective Maintenance with discretionary funds every year, including $5.58 Million in Fiscal Year 16-17.
Funding Pavement Preservation
The Board has dedicated $11.5 Million in discretionary funds to Pavement Preservation annually for several years, and over $10 Million in additional one time funds. From 2013-2017 the Board will dedicate about $65 Million to Pavement Preservation, contributing to the resurfacing of about 300 miles of roads.
We look forward to providing you with enhanced services in the next few years. These new road funds are a step towards our ultimate goal – bringing all Sonoma County Roads into good condition.