In the May 2018 issue of the Monarch Press we provided information on California Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) which was signed into law in April 2017. SB 1 provides funding for road improvements, filling potholes, repairing local streets, freeways and overpasses, and investing in public transportation throughout California communities. The funds come through dollars generated through an additional tax at the gas pump.
The City is excited about our first project using SB 1 funds, the Cathedral Oaks Pavement Rehabilitation project, which is scheduled to begin in late fall / early winter and be completed by spring 2019. This funding may be jeopardized by Proposition 6 (the Voter Approval for Future Gas and Vehicle Taxes and 2017 Tax Repeal Initiative) on the November ballot. If Prop 6 passes, cities will no longer receive the funding they expected from SB 1 and will not be able to make their anticipated road improvements. Prop 6 will eliminate more than $5 billion annually in existing transportation funds and jeopardize more than 6,500 bridge and road safety, transportation and public transit improvement projects currently underway in California.