This coming Thursday, October 25, I be hosting a community meeting discussing road projects underway and being planned for the unincorporated area as a result of funding provided through SB1, which increased the gas tax. The meeting will be in Carmichael at the Mission Oaks Community Center in Gibbons Park (4701 Gibbon Drive) at 6 pm. The guest speakers will be Mike Penrose, Deputy County Executive for Infrastructure and Public Works, and the County’s Transportation Director Ron Vicari. All residents are welcome to attend.
To date Sacramento County has received partial year funding of about $7.3 million under SB 1 with another $21 million expected to be provided in fiscal year 2018-19 for the unincorporated area. This amount will increase in future years and it is estimated the County will receive an average of more than $24 million per year over the next 10 years. The passage of Proposition 69 in June securely earmarks the gas tax funding for transportation projects by ensuring money will not be diverted to non-transportation projects – and that provides local government stability in planning future projects.
For the November election voters will be presented with the choice through Proposition 6 to either retain or repeal the gas tax increase under SB 1. The purpose of this meeting is not to argue pro or con about the measure but instead provide a fact-based assessment about what the added revenue has meant to the streets and roads of the unincorporated area since it went into effect and how its elimination or continuance will affect the County’s transportation system.