We've just issued a new white paper discussing the strange situation concerning our gas tax money.  

Sonoma County, it turns out, is ranked 18th in the state for Gas Tax revenue received per road mile.  Read the analysis of this here: White Paper #2 - Sonoma County Ranks in Top Third for Gas Taxes Per Mile, Near Bottom for Road Conditions  (if that link doesn't work for you try this one)

Here is an extract of the budget proposal to be considered on Monday, Jun 10th at 8:30 AM at the Board of Supervisors meeting to be held at 575 Administration Drive.  We hope you can attend.

For the full story, please read the article in our latest newsletter: "Proposed County Budget Guts Road Work" and please note that here is the working link to the 2013 Planned Construction Projects Map (it was broken in the newsletter).

The serpentine strip of asphalt known as Sonoma Mountain Road wends its way through a bucolic landscape 50 miles north of San Francisco, curving past rows of grapevines, dipping into redwood groves, rising again through rippling hills.

It's a beautiful ride. But it is also a bumpy one.

"You get pothole patch after pothole patch," groused Craig Harrison, a local resident and attorney who is part of a grass-roots campaign to fix the crumbling roads of Sonoma County. "We're going to be a test case of what a county does with a completely failed road system."

By Jonathan Weber and Tim Reid
Reuters - 5/29/2013

Harrison talks about the results from the road survey conducted in March. The survey had over 600 responses on what people think about the condition of county roads and how to pay for fixing the roads.  

Listen to the Interview:
 

Click here to see the complete survey results with all respondents' comments.

Below are various documents related to the plan the Board of Supervisors approved on October 23. 

Map of road surfacing in 2013 -  This is a map of the roads the county plans to resurface in 2013. 

Board Agenda Item for Road Plan - This is the official board agenda description for October 23 Dept of Transportation and Public Works presentation to the supervisors.

Table of roads to be resurfaced in 2013  - Tables describe which roads to be resurfaced and source of funding.

Map of repairs to recreation and tourism roads - This is map of the roads being repaired using a one-time allocation of $6.5 million in general funds for roads important to tourism, recreation and/or agriculture. 

Gas tax is a broken system for road funding. The Wall Street Journal wrote a special report on has the primary mechanism for road funding is in steady decline and needs to be replaced or overhauled.

This is an excellent overview of the problem with road funding and possible ways to fix it. 

Click here to read the whole WSJ article.